March 18, 2013
ENGL 222 – Canadian Literature
V6A: Very close specific understanding of a very specific geographic area; very visceral
What do you think about Reinhardt?
Tied down by tradition, tragic
Stuck in his ways, sad
o Incredible work ethic
Something admirable about his existence
o Very unlucky
o Consider him sad because we use ourselves as a reference, or using Peter as a reference
(someone who is assimilated into the Vancouver culture – not so hard for him)
Naturally composes him in this traditional, sad, foreign quality
Reinhardt sells his house and the person promises to keep it, but when Reinhardt returns, it is
raised to the ground (the buyer lied)
o Impermanence to the stuff we do
Renovating the inside of his house; renovating heaven
o Does not renovate the doorbell – perhaps it means he’s a not very civic minded person
o Reinhardt is incapable of renovating himself
Finishing Book 1 of Renovating Heaven
o Reinhardt can’t milk the cows appropriately
Empathy as knowledge Mother feels for the cows
Something that Reinhardt doesn’t have
Is there place-specific empathy?
o Empathy as a part of our characters?
o Alternatively, empathies learned in place?
o Debt collectors come, they’re in trouble
o Peter: “He looked under my bed” – huge transgression of personal space
o “Nothing the world wants more… borrowing money is probably the most effective way
of handing over the keys”
Private stuff becomes public Peter has strong convictions that he should be in charge of who gets to enter
Being in control of what passes the threshold of the front door
Traditional spaces want to control outside influences of place, protect ourselves
What do we let in and why?
Internet – connecting inside of home to outside of home
o Routes around censorship
o Cannot control what outside influences are reachable
o Think: China’s censorship of internet
o Distinction between farm and city = sidewalks? Only?
o Peter finds success in being able to explain things in such a way that it comforts
Acquiring a certain skill
o Renovating heaven