Table des matières

Ch 1: Central Waterfront: Testing the Waters
Ch 2: The Central Waterfront: Vernacular Spaces
Ch 3: Toronto Island: Implementing a Beach
Ch 4: The Don River and the Bathing Boy
Ch 5: Humber River Encounters
Ch 6: Sunnyside and the Beach

La description

While we take the beach for granted today, it was a novel form of public space in the nineteenth century and Torontonians had to decide how it would work in their city. To create a public beach, bathing needed to be transformed from the predominantly nude male privilege that it had been in the mid-nineteenth century into an activity that women and men could participate in together. That transformation required negotiating and establishing rules for how people would dress and behave when they bathed and setting aside or creating distinct environments for bathing.