Funny boy is the first novel published by openly gay sri lankan writer shyam selvadurai of mixed tamil and sinhala heritage, selvadurai joined his family in their decision to immigrate to canada in 1983 in the wake of rioting stimulated partly by the racial divide, essentially pitting his own multiculturalism against a full-blooded ancestry. Funny boy, by shyam selvadurai (1994), is a novel about coming of age it won several awards, including the lambda literary award for gay male fiction and the books in canada first novel award it won several awards, including the lambda literary award for gay male fiction and the books in canada first novel award. The goal of this essay is to pursue a reading of ethnicity and sexuality in shyam selvadurai's novel funny boy to show the importance of the interrelations between the two and how equally crucial both of these are in order to understand the protagonist arjie's journey and.
Shyam selvadurai has brought back from his sri lankan childhood a glittering and wise novel funny boy keeps repeating with quiet conviction that the human condition can, in spite of everything, be joyful. Selvadurai shyam funny boy essay 9 september 2016 female gender exploration in funny boy funny boy is a story of a seven year old innocent sri lankan boy the.
Funny boy, a novel by shyam selvadurai, tells us a story through the eyes of a growing tamil homosexual boy, arjie by using a first person narrator, selvadurai vividly describes arjie¡¯s struggle to negotiate life in sinhala-dominated colombo. An analysis of shyam selvadurai's funny boy pages 4 words sign up to view the rest of the essay shyam selvadurai, funny boy, sexual identity, sri lanka. In the novel funny boy, written by shyam selvadurai, ajrie goes through an internal and external change arjie is a homosexual boy who has not yet realized who he is and what his potential is. Social contrasts and gender boundaries create oppression and injustice amongst the characters in shyam selvadurai's funny boy this injustice affects the composure and behaviour of the characters throughout the novel and it appears in every aspect throughout funny boy.
Funny boy is a gay young adult novel by shyam selvadurai that recounts the childhood and teenage years of arjie as he discovers he is gay while growing up in sri lanka in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Study guide for funny boy funny boy study guide contains a biography of s selvadurai, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. The portrayal of clashing cultural values in the novel funny boy by syam selvadurai shyam selvadurai, the author of funny boy, felt the necessity to write about this issue because it is kept in the dark, especially in sri lanka. Shyam selvadurai and marjane satrapi, use this theme within their respective novels, funny boy and persepolis to demonstrate the transcendence from innocence to experience both main characters are introduced as children that go through an evolution to reach adulthood.
The portrayal of clashing cultural values in the novel funny boy by syam selvadurai - the portrayal of clashing cultural values in the novel funny boy by syam selvadurai shyam selvadurai, the author of funny boy, felt the necessity to write about this issue because it is kept in the dark, especially in sri lanka. Shyam selvadurai is a sri lankan-canadian novelist who wrote funny boy (1994), which won the books in canada first novel award, and cinnamon gardens (1998) he currently lives in toronto with his partner andrew champion. In this essay, i read shyam selvadurai's funny boy as a 'counter-bildungsroman' narrative that braids together radha aunty's transgressions of femininity with arjie's queer awakening amidst the heteropatriarchal violence of the 1983 anti-tamil pogrom in colombo, sri lanka. A chapter-by-chapter critical summary of funny boy by shyam selvadurai ea gamini fonseka shyam selvadurai was born in colombo, sri lanka in 1965 and is of a tamil and sinhala mixed background. Shyam selvadurai was born in 1965 his book funny boy introduced gay fiction to mainstream english literature in sri lanka, and indeed as shyam notes, in south asia born to a sinhalese mother and tamil father, shyam was 19 when he left sri lanka in 1983 for canada funny boy was as much about.
In shyam selvadurai's funny boy, the child narrator draws readers into the characters and problems that we can recognize in any family the child's point of view offers a simple writing style and understanding of the novel, yet the reader is able to uncover complexities revolving around the novel. The title of the book, funny boy, is somewhat ironic to the character of the protagonist selvadurai, through the title, skillfully propels us to divert our minds from the actual notion of the boy's character. Shyam selvadurai this study guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of funny boy.
Shyam selvadurai (born 12 february 1965) is a sri lankan canadian novelist who wrote funny boy (1994), which won the books in canada first novel award, and cinnamon gardens (1998. Funny boy is a coming-of-age novel by canadian author shyam selvaduraifirst published by mcclelland and stewart in september 1994, the novel won the lambda literary award for gay male fiction and the books in canada first novel award.