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The Sunflower's Poetic Journey

“The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought (simile and metaphor) in the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe nature, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.” 7 more words


The Death of the Author: Northrop Frye and Italo Calvino

The shift from author to interpretive situation that we saw in the work of Ricoeur and Smith has already occurred in literary criticism. Northrop Frye, in The Anatomy of Criticism (written in 1957), turns his analysis away from authors—whose meaning the critic has traditionally been thought to discover—and toward the act of reading, i.e., making literature meaningful through critical analysis. 3,463 more words


From Recovery to Application: Contemporary Approaches to the Problem of Reading

As long as astronomers regarded the movements of the heavenly bodies as the structure of astronomy, they naturally regarded their own point of view as fixed. 670 more words


Bob Rodgers examines who killed the '60s by bringing Canadian icons back to life on the page

The Devil’s Party: Who Killed The Sixties?
By Bob Rodgers
Friesen Press
312 pp; $28.50

For a few decades in the 20th century, the University of Toronto found itself with two celebrity English professors, Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan. 874 more words

Book Reviews

From "The Imaginative and the Imaginary"

Not only the most fascinating play of the period, but its greatest prose work (in England), has melancholy for its theme. Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy…

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Literary Theory

Carl Jung's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Theory

A philosopher, psychoanalyst and a disciple of Freud, CG Jung treated the human self as the totality of all psychic processes considering the Freudian concept of individual consciousness as incomplete and unnecessarily negative, Jung proposed a second and far deeper level of the unconscious, which he called… 189 more words

Literary Theory

William Blake: Prophet of a New Age, by David Cayley

Blake on the Move

For those in cars, planes and fast trains, here’s three excellent audio podcasts giving an overview to Blake’s life and works. The programmes include interviews with top Blake scholars such as Northrop Frye, Kathleen Raine and Gerald Bentley, and excellent readings from Blake’s own poetry and letters. 200 more words