February 8, 2013
ENGL 222 – Canadian Literature
Next week: Seminar week! (No class on Wednesday!)
Informal discussion – motivated by CAP project
o What you’ve been noticing that you haven’t noticed before
o What you think about Canada now as an idea
o Attendance and participation
“The Words We Have Inherited”
o Do we resist inheriting the ideas of place
Cellular or genetic makeup
Does Vancouver impact us on a cellular / genetic level?
o Is our code refigured by this place (figuratively)?
o Racism is easier to identify in U.S. than Canada
Canada’s racism is subversive, low-level, difficult to deal with it
React overtly to racism
Critical thinkers that think Canada is more racist that any other country
Thomas King’s “Borders”
P. 584 “This place is boring”
o When does place become boring?
Conflict stories are never boring
Do communities cohere and have texture due to conflict?
o When does culture become boring?
o When does place inspire?
o When do stories become boring?
o When does place disappear?
Tolerance vs. acceptance
When does it not matter?
When does it become a landscape for what we do in it?
P. 587 “Many stories contain trickster or coyote”
o Trickster figure
Africa: white spider
Indigenous: coyote, crow