Here I discuss scenic views in Vancouver, in particular those produced by view windows. I examine the division of “nature” and “culture,” and suggest that the “view obsession” in Vancouver contributes to the reification of this hierarchical binary. Through analyses of two contemporary works of Vancouver literature—Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories (1961), a collection of short stories by Ethel Wilson; and City of Glass (2009), a collection of essays by Douglas Coupland—I look at the ways in which view windows structure West Coast urban society, as well as the ways in which such structures might be subverted or interrupted—and to what end(s).
|Keywords:||Vancouver, Ecology, Nature-Cultures, Architecture, Windows, Framing, Scenic Views, Literature|
Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada