The Erotics of Restraint: Essays on Literary Form


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About the Author

Douglas Glover has published four novels, five story collections, and three works of nonfiction. His novel Elle won the Governor-General's Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted for the stage by Severn Thompson and premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Best American Short Stories. He edited the annual Best Canadian Stories from 1996 to 2006. He published the literary magazine Numéro Cinq from 2010-2017.


Praise for The Erotics of Restraint: Essays on Literary Form

"His deep analysis of great works of fiction is more like the study of, say, quantum physics...comprehending the underpinnings of our existence in relation to the evolution of storytelling creates perspective that leads to mindfulness, an understanding of what resonates in the human psyche--what words, what phrases, what empowers [writers] to create works of deeper, more effective meaning, works that engage on both conscious and subconscious levels."-- Orca

"The collection is a fascinating journey through literature, philosophy, form, and the connection we all feel when we encounter incredible writing."-- Fiction Writer's Review

Praise for Douglas Glover

"Glover is a master of narrative structure." -- Wall Street Journal

"So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into ... the author's poetic grace." -- The New Yorker

"Every literate person in the country should be reading Glover's essays" -- The Globe & Mail

"Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart ... a direction for future literary criticism to take." -- The Denver Quarterly

"Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny." -- Maclean's

"Passionately intricate." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Few experiences in life are as great as reading towering writers like Jane Austen and Alice Munro. As a critic, Douglas Glover does something astonishing: he makes that experience even better. By reading Glover you become a better reader, more alive to the nuance, music, and sheer richness of the best writing. He's a critic who elevates reading itself into an art form."-- Jeet Heer

"Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Impressive, enjoyable, and highly instructive ... This is not literary craft reduced to statistical formulae and write-by-the-numbers word-bytes. Glover's admirable ability and patient willingness to cast a careful--not cold--eye on what makes sentences hum and flow is fueled by a vital, infectious fascination with words, enabling him to reveal the inspired, alchemical, verbal concatenation at work in the most alluring and memorable fiction writing." -- Review of Contemporary Fiction

"For the budding writer, Attack of the Copula Spiders offers an excellent primer on the basics; the practiced writer will glean so much more from Glover's wonderful literary experience." -- The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Douglas Glover, the award-winning Canadian writer of fiction, short stories and essays carries within him a huge sense of duty both to the craft of writing and to the language ... I stand before it in awe ... This is a book for all writers and for any creative writing class syllabus." -- Telegraph-Journal