ENG215H1 Lecture Notes - David Bezmozgis, Exoticism, Totalitarianism

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Published on 25 Jun 2012
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG215H1
Professor
ENG215 18 June 2012
TAs are having office hours on Friday
Both stories are narrated by young boys, so the ideas are idealized/romanticized.
Antanas Sileika: “The Man Who Read Voltaire”
It’s about elsewhere and nowhere and as a complication of the experience of immigration.
The authors complicate the urban setting with oppositions.
Elsewhere and nowhere not exactly opposition, but the story structures them as so.
Conclusion examines the idea that Canadians long for the apparently greater sophistication that
American life possesses. The story ends with Dave trying to cross the border into Detroit to live with his
aunt/uncle.
Canada as safe and boring, USA as exciting.
Opening paragraph we are prepared for the conclusion (387)
Alludes to the conclusion as well.
The family is an important theme in these stories dominant and authoritative stance on the father.
“Marooned” – abandoned, alone and in an inaccessible place.
For the narrator, this is Weston.
Narrator sees Detroit as a freeing of his entrapment.
Economics of the family are important to note.
Wearing old clothes, clothes bought that are too large, dispute over money.
These show that there are economic difficulties and a tendency to fight that image.
The mother wants to dress up the children with jackets and ties.
Things don’t fit well – clothing as a symbol for how Dave feels about his life in Weston.
Setting
West of Toronto, but nothing like Toronto.
No neighbours, no community.
388: Real awareness of separation and division. “Italians, Ukrainians and Poles” come to Dave’s
house and not the rich one. Division.
390: significance of the haze and dust?
Hate Weston, can’t get out of it, can’t escape it.
Sign of the construction a lack of the being settled in. Influences Dave’s sense that he is living
“nowhere.”
389: In the narrator’s mind, Detroit is a wonderful place.
“America is where real life happens.”
You can see Superman flying over a cape in the city.
Superman was actually conceived by a Canadian and an American, so Dave is misplacing
everything exciting with the Americans.
In 1997, Detroit had a bad economy.
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Both stories are narrated by young boys, so the ideas are idealized/romanticized. It"s about elsewhere and nowhere and as a complication of the experience of immigration. The authors complicate the urban setting with oppositions. Elsewhere and nowhere not exactly opposition, but the story structures them as so. Conclusion examines the idea that canadians long for the apparently greater sophistication that. The story ends with dave trying to cross the border into detroit to live with his aunt/uncle. Canada as safe and boring, usa as exciting. Opening paragraph we are prepared for the conclusion (387) The family is an important theme in these stories dominant and authoritative stance on the father. Marooned abandoned, alone and in an inaccessible place. Narrator sees detroit as a freeing of his entrapment. Economics of the family are important to note. Wearing old clothes, clothes bought that are too large, dispute over money.

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