The syllabus and reading list for this year’s course are available here.
Lecture slides, handouts and links are accessible here.
This year the course will revolve around two principal texts:
Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010)
Dionne Brand’s Toronto novel What We All Long For (Knopf, 2006).
In addition, students are expected to read any three books from the following list:
Anderson, Gordon Stewart, 2006. The Toronto You Are Leaving. Untroubled Heart.
Clarke, Austin, 2008. More. Thomas Allen.
Dixon, Sean, 2010. The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn. Coach House.
Doctor, Farzana, 2011. Six Metres of Pavement. Dundurn.
Downie, Glen, 2011. Local News. Wolsak & Wynn.
Garner, Hugh, 1968. Cabbagetown. Toronto: Ryerson. [available in multiple editions]
Helwig, Maggie, 2008. Girls Fall Down. Coach House.
Maharaj, Rabindranath, 2010. The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Knopf.
Michaels, Anne, 1996. Fugitive Pieces. McClelland & Stewart.
Ondaatje, Michael, 11987. In The Skin of a Lion. McClelland & Stewart.
Vassanji, M.G., 1991. No New Land. McClelland & Stewart.
Young, Phyllis Brett,  2007. The Torontonians. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Please note that the principal texts are available at the York University Bookstore; additional works may easily be purchased directly from their publishers (links provided above), at any local, independent bookstore (e.g., Type Books or Book City) or online via Chapters/Indigo or Amazon. Second-hand copies are also easily available through AbeBooks, Biblio or Alibris (for faster delivery of second-hand books ordered online, choose a local seller).
If you are a York student trying to register for the course, please note that it is currently full. More slots may open up n the coming weeks, so please feel welcome to contact me at alharris [at] yorku [dot] ca for further information.
If you are a member of the general public interested in the course, please feel welcome to join in electronically. Course materials will be posted online (see links above) and you should feel encouraged to read any or all of the books listed on the syllabus.
Update: Please note that the classroom location has been changed to N120 Ross Building — a move that will open up a couple of more spaces for students wishing to enrol.