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

  • Cultural and Artistic Iconoclasm


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. 

He is currently writing the first international history of vandalism, represented by Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

Office Hours

Wednesdays 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

“Tradition and the Individual Canadian Talent,” Studia Anglica Posnaniensia (Poland) 55s2 (2020)

“This One Goes to Eleven: The Fictional World of André Alexis,” Canadian Notes & Queries 108 (2020-21)

Introduction to Civil Elegies and Other Poems, by Dennis Lee (Anansi, 2012). 

“The Return of Beauty,” Queen’s Quarterly 115.2 (summer 2008)

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)

“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