March 15, 2013
ENGL 222 – Canadian Literature
o Local description firmly rooted in the history of 1954
That route has been transformed through time
o Citizenship instructor? – what does that mean?
Metaphor p. 39: different ways of understanding place through the analogies we use
o Peter notices the differences between his mom and dad
o “…customs, history and heritage came from our mother’s side”
Closeness to one side of the family
What areas of Vancouver do we feel close to and why?
Certain places that match us better, more comfort?
o Conflict between the two sides of the family (mom and dad)
o Agassi fails and becomes the elsewhere for Vancouver
o The role of elsewhere
What is its function? What is its purpose?
o Class context
Wealth in different sides of the family
o Where does the sorrow come from for the mother – why? (Will get to later in the text)
o Constant reminder from father to mother & kids, of place
Putting people in their place
The placed-ness of our actions
o Language problem
o Reinhardt wants a real analogy
Almost like he doesn’t have an imagination
Wants exactness, practicality
What is the role of analogy / hyperbole / imagination / creativity in place?
Helping us understand in a certain way
This ability doesn’t apply to the father – creativity
o “My parents didn’t approve of ungodly books” – English books at the library o English are the source of all ungodly things, but also entirely useful
Difficult to criticize the English when they have what you need
o Use / utility = what is useful / what’s not useful?
Applicability to place
o Even Reinhardt – with lots of distrust, still needs help from the English
o Reinhardt’s boat
Uncle Jacob’s response, inappropriate, but with texture
Is it possible to have an insight into a place, CAP, without the ability to find the
humour in things, in our reading abilities?
What’s the role of imagination / creativity in coming to insight?
How do we get to insights?
o Deconstructing our assumptions