Nick Mount

Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 703, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Canadian Literature


Nick Mount is a nationally recognized student and teacher of Canadian literature. In 2005, Mount’s prize-winning doctoral dissertation became a prize-winning book: When Canadian Literature Moved to New York (UTP, 2005) winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best book in Canadian literary criticism. His most recent book is Arrival: The Story of CanLit (Anansi, 2017), a Globe & Mail and National Post best book of the year. He regularly gives public talks and interviews on the arts in Canada, with recent appearances at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, the Toronto Public Library, and on TVO's The Agenda and  CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition.

Professor Mount is a two-time finalist in TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition, a province-wide search for the best lecturer in a post-secondary institution. He has won the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2007), the President’s Teaching Award (2009), and a National Magazine Silver Award (2009). In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award. 

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm or by appointment



Arrival: The Story of Canlit. Toronto: Anansi, Aug. 2017

When Canadian Literature Moved to New York. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. Winner of Gabrielle Roy Prize, 2005. Reprinted in trade paper edition, 2006.

Selected Articles

"Our Town." Review of reissue of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town. Globe & Mail. Oct. 26, 2013

The Uses & Abuses of Literature.” Review of How to Read Literature, by Terry Eagleton. Globe & Mail, May 25, 2013.

“Elephants Are Not Giraffes: A Conversation with Margaret Atwood, More or Less About Northrop Frye.” UTQ 81 (2012): 60-70.

Introduction. Civil Elegies and Other Poems, by Dennis Lee. Toronto: Anansi, 2012. v-viii. “More Meaningful than Any Long Journey: Listening to Tom Dawe.” Queen’s Quarterly 117.1 (spring 2010). 

On Hugh’s Watch: The Watch That Ends the Night Turns Fifty.” Walrus July-Aug. 2009, “Waiting for Godot without Existentialism.” Raritan 28.2 (fall 2008): 24-34.

“In Praise of Talking Dogs: The Study and Teaching of Early Canada’s Canonless Canon.” Essays on Canadian Writing 63 (1998).


Hons. BA, University of Victoria
MA, Dalhousie University
PhD, Dalhousie University