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Satire: A Rough Definition

Northrop Frye defines satire as militant irony that is fantastical or moralizing. Both are always present, but the degrees vary. The satirist departs from reality so they have something with which reality can be compared. 175 more words

Martin Amis

Archetypes without ‘Arché’: Literature and its Territories

Why do certain themes so often recur in literature of all times and places? A Jungian psychoanalyst would answer: Because of archetypes. But then, how do we know archetypes exist? 6,934 more words


On the inarticulacy of art

“Criticism can talk, and all the arts are dumb. In painting, sculpture, or music it is easy enough to see that the art shows forth, but cannot say anything. 131 more words

Thought For the Day: Wisdom Frames Knowledge Into Being Useful

“Wisdom is the central form which gives meaning and position to all the facts which are acquired by knowledge, the digestion and assimilation of whatever in the material world the man comes in contact with.” 110 more words

Thought For The Day

Flowers in the Snow: Season and Sense in Poetry (adapted from Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism)

—In his book Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye argued that poetry (and art in general) when taken as a whole express the totality of human experience, including our inner, subjective responses to our experience. 1,635 more words

Literature, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism, Pedagogy, English

Drawn into "The Void" (2016)

A review of The Void 

2016 | Dir. Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski | Canada | 90 mins.

I have a soft spot for Canadian horror, so while catching up on some new horror releases, I naturally gravitated first towards The Void. 660 more words


Dylan Thomas and the hero’s quest

In “The Archetypes of Literature,” Northrop Frye proposes that the central myth of art is the hero’s quest, which can be characterized as man’s superhuman crusade against the disintegrating forces of nature. 628 more words