Northrop Frye on Modern Culture

Northrop Frye on Modern Culture

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Eradicating once and for all the unfounded notion that Frye was not a political writer, this eleventh volume in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye gathers together all of Northrop Frye's writings on politics, culture, the arts, history, literature, mass media, and music.

Written between 1934 and 1986, these collected works illustrate the extent of Frye's engagement with the unfolding events of twentieth-century political life, from the Great Depression to the Reagan / Thatcher / Mulroney era. The centrepiece of the volume, Frye's learned and wide-ranging contribution to the Canadian confederation celebrations,The Modern Century (1967), is accompanied by pieces that reflect Frye's observations on such diverse political events as the Oxford 'King and Country' debate and the Vietnam war, revealing Frye the literary theorist as Frye the political entity.

Jan Gorak's extensive introduction and annotations serve to historicize Frye and situate him and his work in the historical and critical context of twentieth-century Canada and North America. Frye's work is discussed in relation to that of T.S. Eliot, Edmund Wilson, Raymond Williams, Marshall McLuhan, Harold Innis, E.J. Pratt, A.J.M. Smith, F.A. Underhill, J.S. Woodsworth, George Grant, and especially Oswald Spengler. Erudite and enlightening, Frye's comments on politics are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them, and this volume will be a valuable reference for understanding the essential Frye.


Erudite and enlightening, Frye's comments on politics are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them, and this volume will be a valuable reference for understanding the essential Frye.



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Volume 11 of the collected works of Northrop Frye contains most of his published articles on 20th-century art, politics, and culture. The articles have been annotated by Gorak (English, U. of Denver) with brief definitions or comments on the essay's content, Frye's comments in other writings, and his annotation in earlier transcripts. The three initial articles, published as The modern century, were first presented as the Whidden Lectures, delivered at McMaster U. in 1967. Among the remaining 50 articles and reviews (some of the latter are quite short) are "Ballet Russe" (1935), "Frederick Delius" (1936), "Reflections at a movie" (1942), "The Renaissance of books" (1973), Pro patria mori (1933), "War on the cultural front" (1940), two articles on Oswald Spengler (from a 1955 radio broadcast and 1974 in the journal Daedalus), and "The bridge of language" (his 1981 address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science). Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Toronto Press

Eradicating once and for all the unfounded notion that Frye was not a political writer, this eleventh volume in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye gathers together all of Northrop Frye's writings on politics, culture, the arts, history, literature, mass media, and music.

Written between 1934 and 1986, these collected works illustrate the extent of Frye's engagement with the unfolding events of twentieth-century political life, from the Great Depression to the Reagan / Thatcher / Mulroney era. The centrepiece of the volume, Frye's learned and wide-ranging contribution to the Canadian confederation celebrations, The Modern Century (1967), is accompanied by pieces that reflect Frye's observations on such diverse political events as the Oxford 'King and Country' debate and the Vietnam war, revealing Frye the literary theorist as Frye the political entity.

Jan Gorak's extensive introduction and annotations serve to historicize Frye and situate him and his work in the historical and critical context of twentieth-century Canada and North America. Frye's work is discussed in relation to that of T.S. Eliot, Edmund Wilson, Raymond Williams, Marshall McLuhan, Harold Innis, E.J. Pratt, A.J.M. Smith, F.A. Underhill, J.S. Woodsworth, George Grant, and especially Oswald Spengler. Erudite and enlightening, Frye's comments on politics are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them, and this volume will be a valuable reference for understanding the essential Frye.



Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2003
ISBN: 9781442677838
144267783X
9780802036964
0802036961
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xlix, 409 pages)
Additional Contributors: Gorak, Jan 1952-

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