ENGL 222: Canadian Literature
January 23, 2013
Story within a story
o Embedded storytelling structure
Imagined cities being more real than real cities
When does the real infringe on imagined realities?
o What impinges on our ability to have place meet our needs?
When does the real world give live to imagined realities?
o When does the real Vancouver insert itself into the story of
Idea that stories help us learn about a place
Mosaic vs. melting pot?
P. 623: Doctor tells Sarosh about his pooping problem
o To belong, you must be different
o Getting a device that helps him poop – still different – but now he belongs (internalizes)
o Is belonging in Canada about recognition of our difference?
o Dilemma – staying different or staying different?
Homi Bhabha – cultural theorist
o 3 space: what happens in between Chinese-Canadian
Often cannot be Canadian and Chinese at the same time
Influence from both sides inside the hyphen – site of creativity
Creates a new identity
Different people that populate those spaces; transitional spaces
o Interesting to analyzing / think about
Going into the air – in between India and Canada: 3 space?
o Sarosh doesn’t think he is successful
What does it mean to be successfully Canadian? A successful Vancouverite?
P. 628: Goes back to India – double diaspora moment
o Feels unlatched, unhinged
o “the old pattern was never found by Sarosh…”
“patterns of life are selfish and unforgiving…”
o Patterns, belonging and comfort
National identity / Vancouverite identity in patterns?
Why do patterns constitute our belonging in this place?
Routines, patterns – impact on identity
But certain patterns make you feel like an outlier
Moral of the story? Squatter: people who have taken over abandoned buildings – Sarosh feels like a squatter in
Lots of rhetoric: in order to be home in a place, you must have a place in a place (somewhere to
o Homeless people aren’t really viable citizens of this place since they don’t really have a
“The Politics of Recognition”, by Charles Taylor
Identities are shaped by recognition / absence of recogn