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ENGL 222 Squatter Notes Jan 23

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ENGL 222
Duffy Roberts

ENGL 222: Canadian Literature January 23, 2013 “Squatter”  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 Vancouver?  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  Threshold space  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 Canada  Lots of rhetoric: in order to be home in a place, you must have a place in a place (somewhere to live in) o Homeless people aren’t really viable citizens of this place since they don’t really have a home? “The Politics of Recognition”, by Charles Taylor  Identities are shaped by recognition / absence of recogn
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