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Imagining Toronto book cover

Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, fall 2010) is available at most bookstores and online through Mansfield Press, Amazon or Chapters.

Imagining Toronto was shortlisted for the 2010 Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards.

Upcoming Events

25-26 February 2012: "Going Native: Reclaiming Aboriginal Identity in Toronto Literature," “Landscapes of Difference, Espaces de Difference, Raume der Differenz” conference (Session: The Politcs of Place: Urban Sites of Contestation), Canadian Studies Association in German-speaking countries (GKS). Grainau, Germany.

Thursday 15 March 2012: Guest lecture, "The Imagined City," ARC 120, Contemporary Architecture. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Isabel Bader Theatre, 9:45-11:00 am.

Wednesday 4 April 2012: "Representing Toronto: Mapping the Role of the Artist in the Contemporary City. Panel discussion. Presented by Koffler Gallery in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues. 80 Spadina Ave., Suite 503; 7:00 pm.

Sunday 22 April 2012: Reading from Acts of Salvage at the Draft Reading Series. Details TBA.

Thursday 3 May 2012: "Literary Bodies." Panel discussion as part of Bodies in the City, a symposium of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.

Thursday 17 May 2012: "Imagining Toronto the Wild" at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Inaugural lecture of the TBG's new HortiCULTURE salon series.

Recent Events

Tuesday 18 October 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm: Will the Real Cabbagetown Please Stand Up?: Regent Park, St. Jamestown and Cabbagetown in the Literary Imagination. Parliament Branch (269 Gerrard St. E.)

Saturday 1 October 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm: The Masseys and the Masses: Social and Spatial Ascendency in Rosedale and Forest Hill. Forest Hill Branch (700 Eglinton Ave. W.)

Tuesday 27 September 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm: From Streetcar Suburb to Multicultural Community: Riverdale in the Literary Imagination. Riverdale Branch, Toronto Public Library (370 Broadview Ave.)

Click here for past events.

The Naked City: Film, Fiction and the Represented Urban Landscape | 2013 Willowbank Lectures

On Saturday 13 April 2013 I’ll be doing a talk called “The Naked City: Film, Fiction and the Represented Urban Landscape” as part of the 2013 Willowbank Lectures at the Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape in Queenston, Ontario.

The 2013 Willowbank Lectures have “Urban Dwelling” as their organizing theme, a rubric meant to convey some of the ways understandings of “heritage” are broadening to include contemporary, cultural and especially urban themes.

Beginning with a short clip of the iconic, Academy Award winning noir film The Naked City (1948), my talk will focus on imaginative representations of the lived urban landscape. Descending from the seemingly omniscient gaze of the pilot, director — and urban designer — to the lived settings of city spaces, it will engage with literary representations of particular urban spaces in order to focus on what literary scholar Sidney Bremer calls “life at street level.”

Links

The Naked City (film, 1948; opening sequence, via Youtube)

Weegee’s World: Life, Death and the Human Drama

Stephanie Snyder, “The City, Naked.” Art/Lies, Number 58.

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