English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, June

Between the Is and the Is Not: Northrop Frye, Adaptation, and the Romantic Imagination
FOR NORTHROP FRYE, ONE OF THE MOST BASIC FACTS about literature and its history is that it constitutes its own ahistorical universe, emanating from the world we live in but basically distinct from it. "Man lives in two worlds," he asserts, "the world...
Fearful Summary: What Northrop Frye's Scholarship Has Taught Me So Far
DURING THE PAST SIX YEARS, I've read many of the major works by Northrop Frye, from Fearful Symmetry to Words with Power, along with collections of his essays and some criticism of his intellectual work. I included his op-ed piece on thinking in my...
Fearful Symmetries: William Blake, Northrop Frye, and Archetypal Criticism
NORTHROP FRYE'S WIDE-RANGING ANALYSIS of William Blake's art in Fearful Symmetry and in other criticism has long been appropriated by Blake scholars in their support of the archetypal tradition, with its emphasis on the meaning and sources of symbolism...
Frye and Longinus
There he stood on the renewing crags of time, stood on the ringed summit of the sublime universe. Ferenc Juhasz THE EARLIEST REFERENCE TO LONGINUS in Frye's work is in a 1953 review of books by Allen Tate, Herbert Read, and Francis Fergusson,...
Frye in the Classroom: Teaching Shakespeare with Northrop Frye and Harold Bloom
AS FRYE OBSERVED in the "Polemical Introduction" to The Anatomy of Criticism, teaching literature is actually the teaching of criticism of literature and aims at developing in the student a fluency in terms, categories, and critical approaches that...
Frye Unschooled: Mythopoeic Modernism in Canada
The relationship between Northrop Frye and the group of poets sometimes known as the Frye School (1) has been of enough critical interest over the last half-century to produce a significant, if fragmented, body of work on the subject. While it has...
Glimpses from a Train Window: Some Reflections on Phronesis and Pedagogy
AS I SET OUT TO WRITE THIS PAPER, I feel I must position myself, as poststructuralism invites, and as is only fitting for a geographer, as a passenger on an imaginary train passing through a landscape of the mind, an "inscape" synthesized from impressions...
Northrop Frye and the Story Structure of the Single-Player Shooter
SINCE THEIR APPEARANCE IN THE EARLY 1990s, shooters have become some of the most popular video games available: the science-fictional shooter Halo: Combat Evolved from Bungie Studios, for example, was the killer application for the Xbox console, and...
Northrop Frye for a New Century: Introduction
This collection of papers is dedicated to the world's foremost Frye scholar Robert D. Denham and to the memory of Jay Macpherson (d. 21 March 2012). MARSHAL MCLUHAN HAD HIS CENTENNIAL in 2011. Now it is the turn of the other major Canadian intellectual...
The Absurd Imagination: Northrop Frye and Waiting for Godot
THE CANADIAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA entry for Northrop Frye, written by his biographer John Ayre, refers to Frye's belief "that there is in human culture an inherent impulse towards affirming the sunnier vision." This essentially optimistic outlook is manifest...
The Universal Literary Solvent: Northrop Frye and the Problem of Satire, 1942 to 1957
There has hardly been a book or article on satire written in the last six decades without two observations: an acknowledgement of debt or opposition to Northrop Frye's study in the Anatomy of Criticism (1957) (1) and a caveat that satire is a "notoriously...
We're All Bad Poets
"IN OUR USE OF WORDS in ordinary life ... we are all bad poets" (Frye, Educated 58). But we can become better poets with literary training and that means training in mythical thinking, especially biblical thinking, for without understanding our metaphors...
What Does Literature Say?: The Problem of Dogmatic Closure-From Romanticism to Northrop Frye
One can stop and examine a secret, make it say things, make out that there is something there when there is not. One can lie, cheat, seduce by making use of it. One can play with the secret as with a simulacrum, with a lure or yet another strategy....