The best books, Somerset Maugham once quite rightly insisted, are enjoyable to read. By this measure, Arrival: The Story of CanLit is a virtuoso performance. It’s fun, not at all academic. It’s informative – many of the most important works in the Canadian canon are … Continue readingBook Review: Arrival, The Story of CanLit, by Nick Mount
Literary Criticism – or the body of critics – should be to the writer what the Roman senate was to the Roman general in the field: an unseen presence sitting sternly in judgment over his blunders; but also voting him a triumph if he did … Continue readingEvaluative Criticism: It needs to be said…again.
In literature vulgarity is preferable to nullity, just as grocer’s port is preferable to distilled water. — W. H. Auden In his recent book On Criticism, Noel Carroll informs us that the goal of criticism is to discover what is valuable and worthy of attention, … Continue readingThe Good and Bad in the Ugly