A fragment of the world, a piece of human consciousness: Tim Bowling’s "The Bone Sharps" (2007) and "The Tinsmith" (2012)


  • Leonor María Martínez Serrano Universidad de Córdoba




Bowling, fiction, consciousness, epistemology, history, identity


Canadian novelist, poet and essayist Tim Bowling is one of the most prestigious authors in 21st-century Canadian letters. A prolific and versatile author, he has published twelve poetry collections, four novels, a memoir and a work of creative non-fiction so far. This paper looks at two of his novels, "The Bone Sharps" (2007) and "The Tinsmith" (2012), tools of knowledge that explore not just human consciousness as the lens through which we make sense of reality, including our selves, but also history, memory and identity, epistemology and ethics. A fragment of the world and a piece of human consciousness: this is what both novels are.


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Author Biography

Leonor María Martínez Serrano, Universidad de Córdoba

Leonor María Martínez Serrano works as a Lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Córdoba, where she pursued her doctoral studies and gained a PhD on Canadian Literature. She is a member of the research group Writs of Empire: Poetics and Politics in Modern and Contemporary Literatures in English, and her research interests include fiction, poetry, Canadian Literature, High Modernism, First Nations and Oral Literatures. She has presented papers on Literature in international conferences held in Spain, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Romania and Ireland. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and the University of the West of Scotland.


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How to Cite

Martínez Serrano, L. M. (2017). A fragment of the world, a piece of human consciousness: Tim Bowling’s "The Bone Sharps" (2007) and "The Tinsmith" (2012). Journal of English Studies, 15, 135–154. https://doi.org/10.18172/jes.3058