George Whalley: Studies in Literature and the Humanities: Innocence of Intent (958 words)


Brian Crick and John Ferns edited this collection of essays at a time when respect for and admiration of George Whalley as a “prominent and persuasive spokesman for the humanities” reached its zenith in Canada (Rae 1985, 312). Whalley is a master of prose style with a distinct critical voice, and many of his contemporaries thought his “mode of suasion is so elegant that all his essays provide an attractive alternative to structuralism, semiotics, and deconstructionism by refusing to follow sensational trends or disguise confusion with mind-boggling jargon” (Garebian 1986, 45).

The book is comprised of eleven essays. Two are early works. “The Mariner and the Albatross”, which offers a powerful reading of Samuel Taylor C…

Citation: DiSanto, Michael. "Studies in Literature and the Humanities: Innocence of Intent". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2013 [, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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