Imagining Toronto

Paperback | October 19, 2010

byAmy Harris

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In Imagining Toronto, Amy Lavender Harris ventures deep into the imagined city Ñ the Toronto of fiction, poetry, and essays Ñ where she dowses for meaning in the literature of the city on the lake as its inhabitants understand, remember, and dream it. By tracing Toronto's literary genealogies from their origins in First Nations stories to today's graphic novels, Harris delineates a great city's portrayal in its literature, where the place of dwelling is coloured by the joy and the suffering, the love and the sorrows, of the people who have played out their lives on the written page. Through tales of the city's neighbourhoods and towers, its ravines and wild places, its role as a multicultural city, as a place of work and leisure, Harris reminds us that the reality of Toronto has been captured by its writers with a depth and complexity that go far beyond the reductive clich?s of Toronto as either a provincial 'Hogtown' or a pretentious 'world class' city. Michael Ondaatje once noted that 'before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined.' Imagining Toronto shows just how richly and completely it has been, if only we would look.

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In Imagining Toronto, Amy Lavender Harris ventures deep into the imagined city Ñ the Toronto of fiction, poetry, and essays Ñ where she dowses for meaning in the literature of the city on the lake as its inhabitants understand, remember, and dream it. By tracing Toronto's literary genealogies from their origins in First Nations stories...

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University, where her work focuses on urban identity and the cultural significance of place. She is a contributing editor with Spacing Magazine, where she writes a regular column on Toronto literature. Her work has also appeared in Open Book Magazine, Canada: A Literary...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Mansfield PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894469399

ISBN - 13:9781894469395

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