ARCHITECTONICS OF PLACES IN DIASPORA FICTION: A GLIMPSE AT ROMA TEARNEâ€™S BONE CHINA
Architectonics can be defined as the study or character of various types of structures. Mostly associated with architecture, the idea has also spread to various interdisciplinary discourses like philosophy, literature, science and technology. Unlike architecture, architectonics rope in a figurative and symbolic way of defining a structure. Roma Tearne, the Sri Lankan born diasporic writer extensively portrays different architectural monuments, heritage buildings, monasteries, churches, castles, country houses, and ruins which document and â€˜writeâ€™ memory in her fictions. These structures, be it an old mansion, a garden or a street can shape and mould the agency, memory and cultural past. In Roma Tearneâ€™s narratives there is a constant interplay of loss and longing and an urge to revisit the Sri Lankan landscapes time and again. Her works are poignant evocations of the conflict-ridden terrains. The present paper aims at situating various architectonics of places in her fiction Bone China (2008).