Cities are material and symbolic spaces through which nations define their cultural identities. The great cities that have arisen on the North American continent have stimulated the respective imaginations of the US and Canada in very different ways. Afte.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-305) and index.
Imagining national space: symbolic landscapes and national canons -- Articulating urban space: spatial politics and difference -- "The inadequacy of symbolic surfaces": urban space, art, and corporeality in Siri Hustvedt's What I loved -- Rewriting the melting pot: Paule Marshall's Brownstone City in The fisher king -- Specular images: sub/urban spaces and "echoes of art" in Carol Shields's Unless -- "The end of traceable beginnings": poetics of urban be/longing in Dionne Brand's What we all long for -- Synthesis