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Juliet: A Study

Romeo and Juliet is the first of Shakespeare’s plays in which he strikes a balance between lyricism, intense pathos, and wisdom. This is nowhere else more evident than in the character of Juliet, who joins her doomed lover in an untimely death, but who for much of the play demonstrates a cognitive power unseen in Shakespeare’s previous plays. 1,226 more words

Literary Studies


If superior in degree to other men and to his environment, the hero is the typical hero of romance, whose actions are marvelous but who is himself identified as a human being. 397 more words

Fragments Of Culture

Paradise Lost: So Long Hunting, Hello Work Week

A couple of posts ago, I channeled the late Joseph Campbell and echoed his contention that myths should be considered deep unconscious poetic projections that embody profound truths rather than as demonstrably false tales from antiquated religions. 1,141 more words


Are Northrop Frye's ideas now DOA?

One would think that thirty volumes of the collected works of Northrop Frye would just about cover the subject. Items of Frye provenance have since surfaced however, that eluded the painstaking eye of the editors of those volumes — understandable in the case of such a prolific author. 991 more words


Milke: There's a reason Albertans are brimming with optimism

In his 1972 introduction to A History of Alberta, here’s how author James MacGregor described the province: “My Alberta is a magnificent land — a magic land,” he wrote. 649 more words


Toronto Photo Drift: University of Toronto Campus East Side

St. Michael’s, and Victoria, Colleges

St. Michael’s

The Roman Catholic college on the far eastern edge of UofT’s St. George campus. Home to media theorist Marshall McLuhan who presciently penned the phrase “the medium is the message” decades before the birth of the Internet. 54 more words


Robert Fulford: Peering inside the head of Canada's critical genius

Since Northrop Frye’s death in 1991 he’s inevitably assumed the status of historic eminence. Moncton, where he grew up, put his statue in front of the public library and named a high school after him. 1,037 more words