Charles Lock

Charles Lock has been, for almost forty years, a devoted reader of Patrick White. Educated at Oxford, he taught for many years at the University of Toronto. Since 1996 he has been the Professor of English Literature at the University of Copenhagen. Recent publications include essays on contemporary poets, Geoffrey Hill, Roy Fisher, and Anne Blonstein. He is the Editor of The Powys Review.


Charles Lock reviews 'Patrick White within the Western Literary Tradition' by John Beston and 'Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays' edited by Elizabeth McMahon and Brigitta Olubas

April 2011, no. 330 23 March 2011
That Patrick White is thought of as an Australian writer is, though regrettable, undeniable. Two problems follow: the first being that he tends to be presented by his critical custodians in an almost comically restricted way, as though White’s works needed to be measured and justified only by Australian standards and terms of comparison. Here is an example from one of the essays in Remember ... (read more)