Recipient of the Gabrielle Roy Prize 2005
When Canadian Literature Moved to New York, University of Toronto Press, 2005
The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures’ 2005 Gabrielle Roy Prize for English-language criticism has been awarded to Dr. Nick Mount (Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto) for his book When Canadian Literature Moved to New York (University of Toronto Press, 2005). The committee’s choice was unanimous.
Mount’s study of Canadian expatriate writing in New York and, especially, the contribution to North American antimodernism made by Canadian literary transnationalists in the late 19th century drew praise from the committee for its detailed primary research and its engaging style. Ranging from well-known writers including Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, Ernest Thompson Seton to lesser-known authors who were largely ignored during the formation of the Canadian canon including Stinson Jarvis and May Agnes Fleming, When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is a lively work of scholarship that addresses a number of critical gaps in a crucial, but often underappreciated period of Canadian literature. Mount’s archival work is meticulous, and his findings are rendered in a witty, conversational manner that is highly readable and that provides a real sense of the material conditions of production, of the sense of community and net-working that our knowledge of these writers has lacked. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is a welcome and much needed addition to Canadian literary criticism.