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Author Denham, Robert D., author

Title Northrop Frye and others : twelve writers who helped shape his thinking / by Robert D. Denham
Published Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 2015
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Series Canadian literature collection
Canadian literature collection.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Abbreviations; 1. Frye and Aristotle; Lumpers and Splitters; The Four-Cause Definition of Tragedy; Mimesis; The Qualitative Parts of Tragedy; Spoudaios and Phaulos; Catharsis; Hamartia; Anagnorisis; Appendix: Class Notes; 2. Frye and Longinus; Fictional and Thematic; The Sublime; Class Notes on Longinus; The Aristotelian and Longinian Dialectic; Complementarity, Ekstasis, and the Kerygmatic; Transport in Frye's Late Writings; Appendix: Class Notes; 3. Frye and Joachim of Floris; Who Was Joachim of Floris?; Frye's Knowledge of Joachim
Concern and MythAnxiety; Either/Or; Repetition; The Metaliterary Mode; The Drunken Boat; 8. Frye and Lewis Carroll; Descending and Ascending Journeys; The Chaste-Child Archetype; The Genre of the Alice Books; The Alice Books as a Key to the Mythological Universe; A Carroll Chrestomathy; 9. Frye and Stéphane Mallarmé; Theory of Symbols; The Pan-Literary Universe and the Katabatic Journey; Igitur; The Passage from Oracle to Wit; Recognition and Creative Descent; 10. Frye and Colin Still; Still as a Mainstream Shakespearean Critic; Still's Place in the Ogdoad
Natural Symbolism and the Ladder of Elements11. Frye and Paul Tillich; Primary Concerns and Ultimate Concern; System and Fragmentation; The Protestant Principle; Jacob Boehme; Karl Barth and Tillich; 12. Frye and Frances A. Yates; The Ramon Lull Connection; Memory Theatres: The Spatializing of Knowledge; Imaginative Illumination; Hermes and Hermeticism; Notes; Works Cited; Index
ParallelsThe Three Ages; Picture Thinking: Symbolic Diagrams and Numbers; 4. Frye and Giordano Bruno; The Coincidence of Opposites in Nicholas of Cusa and Others; The Idea of God; Identity and Analogy; The Coincidence of Opposites and Interpenetration; 5. Frye and Henry Reynolds; Mythomystes; Allegory; Poetic Etymology; Ekstasis; Esoterica; 6. Frye and Robert Burton; What Is an Anatomy?; Varieties of the Anatomy; Frye on Burton's Anatomy; The Final Cause of the Anatomy; 7. Frye and Søren Kierkegaard; The Myth of Concern; Speculation and Concern; The Myths of Freedom and Concern
Summary "This collection of essays considers Northrop Frye's criticism in relation to twelve figures in the history of Western culture, some lesser-known, even obscure, who influenced his thinking in various ways but about whom he never wrote anything extensive. The impetus for the book goes back to my editing of Frye's Late Notebooks, where I ran across his proclamation that Henry Reynolds was "the greatest critic before Johnson." I could not recall ever having encountered the name Henry Reynolds either in the histories of criticism or in the anthologies of critical texts. But with the Collected Works of Frye now in print it became possible to track down all of the references to Reynolds in Frye's published as well as his previously unpublished writing. I surmised that if we were to have before us everything Frye wrote about Reynolds, then perhaps we could begin to understand the attraction Reynolds held for him. The references to Reynolds turned out to be rather meager (only six), but they were sufficient for me to draw several conclusions about Frye's interest in Reynolds. So the question that motivated this essay was why Frye would lavish such a superlative upon an obscure seventeenth century writer about whom we know almost nothing. The resulting essay shows how Reynolds and Frye are linked by their joint interest in allegory, poetic etymology, and something quite akin to Longinian ekstasis. As I became more familiar with Frye's previously unpublished work, other figures important to Frye's thinking began to emerge, including Bruno, Joachim of Floris, Burton, Kierkegaard, Frances Yates--writers to whom he had not devoted separate books or essays, as he had done in the case of Blake, Shakespeare, Milton, Dickinson, Keats, Shelley, Eliot, Joyce, Yeats, Stevens, the Bible, and Spengler, among others. The twelve "others" eventually came to represent a space occupied by writers whose interests paralleled Frye's and helped to establish his own critical universe."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Frye, Northrop -- Criticism and interpretation.
Criticism.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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