Title

A City 'Set in Malarial Lakeside Swamps': Toronto and Ashbridge's Bay Marsh

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communication and Arts/Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

16463

Comments

This article was originally published as: Giblett, R. J. (2013). A City 'Set in Malarial Lakeside Swamps': Toronto and Ashbridge's Bay Marsh. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 29, 113-132. Original article available here

Abstract

The city of Toronto was founded and built next to Ashbridge’s Bay Marsh. The marsh was filled over the next 150 years for reasons of health and industrial development. This article considers the relation between culture, ecology, postmodernism and psychoanalysis in order to retrace the history of the marsh in the maps drawn of it and the stories told about it.The loss of the marsh is a memory to retrieve and a story to retell about the fraught relationships between culture and nature, city and wetland, past and present.

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