Hollins Critic

The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. Upcoming in the Critic you’ll find essays on such writers as César Aira (by William Repass), Kay Ryan (by Duffie Taylor), Dashiell Hammett (by R.H.W. Dillard), Luc Sante (by Henry Taylor), Christian Formoso (by Sydney Tammarine), and many others.

The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established. And every issue has a cover portrait by Susan Avishai M.A. ’02.

Excerpt from April 2021

Dashiell HammettThat Which is the Case” The Novels of Dashiell Hammett by R.H.W. Dillard

Yes, I have taken my title in part from a variant translation of the famous first sentence of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. I plan now to bracket the remainder of that text except for eventually making use of its equally famous last sentence. I do so only to assert that the fictive world of Dashiell Hammett’s six novels is precisely what Wittgenstein’s sentence asserts, “that which is the case,” and with no pun on the word ‘case.’

Writer’s Guidelines

  • Note: The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 to December 1 each year.
  • The Critic does not accept unsolicited essays. We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews.
  • The Critic does not publish fiction.