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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


Suspending the Past

Stonehenge, Dan Falk comments in his book In Search of Lost Time, “was a place where people felt united with their ancestors, the gods, the earth, and the heavens; a place where participants felt they could transcend time”. 142 more words

Notes on “Big Cactus,” a Novel by Sylvia Wilkinson

In his third essay in Anatomy of Criticism, “Theory of Myths,” Northrop Frye places irony and satire in the “Mythos of Winter”:

As structure, the central principle of ironic myth is best approached as a parody of romance: the application of romantic mythical forms to a more realistic content which fits them in unexpected ways.

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Holy Thursday: Looking at the cat.

I heard a clip of Northrop Frye discussing Easter today on CBC radio. Frye wrote, among other wonderful books. “The Great Code”, in which he showed the vast structural underpinnings of English literature to be those of the Bible. 506 more words

Looking (far) back upon Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays.

It took a long time, but I finally finished reading Northrop Frye’s 1957 classic, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays, from cover to cover. It is, as Frye expressed in the opening paragraph, a work of “pure critical theory,” practically and appropriately biblical and epic in style and structure. 756 more words