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Are Northrop Frye's ideas now DOA?

Northrop Frye’s life and letters have become a kind of academic cottage industry, but does his work have any real currency in understanding contemporary literature?

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Literary Criticism

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



I find literary criticism pretty boring, unless it is useful to me. During my Master’s program, I had to read a lot of criticism that wasn’t very useful in my eyes. 1,544 more words

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How I Got a Courtesy from the Author of Stalin's Daughter

Sat., May 30: Since I was early for the celebration for 1955 graduates, I sat with Northrop Frye on his bench outside Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto. 409 more words