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ENG252Y1 – LECTURE NOTES October 7, 2013 King's Green Grass, Running Water - Lecture #2 Narrative of Colonization: Focuses of Christopher columbus  associated with the development of social development, particularly with europeans  king restages the story but it begins at the dam  voyage is contextualized as the creation of the dame when the dam poses a threat to the Sundance ceremony  native culture is about to be whipped out because of the dam, destroying the cottonwood tree which is necessary in the ceremony  in a twist, the ships are a way to protect culture  the three stolen cars are puns of the ships that travelled to North America with Columbus  when the cars fall off the dam, they symbolically invert the white government officials  cars rescue native culture from strategies of colonization The Bible: General:  comes under attack for its supports of colonization  king isn't attacking the bible as a tool of faith, but as a form of christian conversion to control the natives; the way it's used to exploit  binary thinking was effective in colonization  colonization was conducted in the name of Christianity conversion  king deflates the bible as a tool by extension of robbing colonizers of their most important tool  king believes that bible is very patriarchal and this also is under scrutiny A. the story of noah:  embodies the worst elements of white colonizers - noah  compares the two (changing woman and noah), juxtaposing them to expose the limitations of Christian thought  shows the differences between white and native values and exposes hierarchical thinking between men and women  king represents noah as a tyrant, lacks compassion for his family, thinks he's better than all the animals in the ark similar to timothy Findlay's not wanted on the voyage  TF contests Christian doctrine such as male superiority and hierarchical thinking; exaggerates noah's character, makes him really sexist, TF wants to expose his arrogance and for the readers to laugh at his narrow-minded view of the world  king makes noah a little man on pg 145; not really about logic; adds a scatological dimensions to his representation of Noah  noah is inside of poop-filled canoe  a funny parody of findlay and the bible's version; shows that animals could be equal to men  poop shows the animal's anger towards noah and their prevention of noah trying to mate with changing woman on pg 124; prevents his impulsive behaviour; shows that people didn't even know how to regulate behaviour; noah cannot see a world that is not hierarchical and patriarchal; on pg 148 - repeats TF's novel title; reference to the treatment of the natives, they weren't wanted on the voyage of colonization; noah's authority is undermined by the poop, has empty rhetoric  king doesn't condemn noah just because, but critics the political context  king displays the noah story in a contemporary context via George and Latisha; shows the tense relationship between america and Canada; George like noah depends on the authority he gives to rules and its assumptions; he defends american superiority as on pg 156-57; has limited view emulates noah's mandate; king's explores how the rhetoric of white supremacy is limited and ridiculous  king scrutinizes the application of this type of thinking B. the creation story:  god is displaced from the story in king's version  the novel starts with a tumultuous relationship between informality and asserting the bible story  the centrality of god in the story is supplanted by water and the coyote in king's version  water links the narrative strands of the novel: part 1) water in the creation myth 2) gestures to the sea 3) thought woman floats in the river 4) image of dam overflowing  water is ubiqous; is everywhere; is omnipresent and omniscient like god in the original story  water reminds readers that creation is random and is not subject to divine order  water is a form of resistance for natives against europeans; becomes a symbol of the europeans who want to flush the natives and the problems away  latisha's alway overflowing toilet signifies the blockage between natives and white and also foreshadows the ruin of the dam; conflict will explode  characters are constantly asking where all the water is coming from and is left unanswered to show that there is no single answe
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