Posts Tagged ‘Northrop Frye’

English Prof, author and poet B.W. Powe publishes compelling new book of poetry, Decoding Dust, in 2016 – the launching point for a must-read Brainstorm Q&A. Esteemed Canadian poet, novelist and essayist B.W. Powe is one of York’s treasures, bolstering this University’s strong literary tradition. A prolific writer, he has produced books that were championed […]

The Great McLuhan- Frye Debate An academic debate is an educational practicum requiring students to employ rhetoric, histrionic abilities and knowledge of the assigned topic to debate a given proposition or question with the goal of influencing the opinions of observers and/or the judge(s).  This debate will answer the question: Who best – Marshall McLuhan […]

By Peter Robb, The Ottawa Citizen For three decades the University of Toronto was the home of two towering intellects: Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye. It was, according to B.W. Powe, whose 2014 book Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy (University of Toronto Press) followed their careers, a special time and place in […]

The November 9, 2014 issue of the venerable Times Literary Supplement (TLS) published a mostly positive review of B.W. Powe’s recent study of McLuhan and Frye, although I detect a measure of possibly colonial condescension from the literary voice of the onetime imperial global empire; that’s okay. They can’t yet shake the habit…………AlexK Selected quotes:- In […]

McLuhan-Frye Two of Canada’s cultural and intellectual giants were also rivals at the University of Toronto. by B. W. Powe They were two of Canada’s central cultural and intellectual figures. They were also colleagues and rivals “whose careers unfolded in curious harmony even as their intellectual engagement was antagonistic,” writes B. W. Powe in his […]

Victoria College, University of Toronto, the Northrop Frye Centre, the University of Toronto Press and Pages Unbound present – A multimedia presentation & B.W. Powe in conversation with Journalist and McLuhan Biographer Philip Marchand Wednesday, October 15, 5 – 8 PM FREE Alumni Hall, Victoria College University of Toronto 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East Click […]

The Place: Room 305 (Senior Common Room), Founder’s College, York University, Toronto (see York U map here ) The Date & Time: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 3:00 to 5:00 PM Everyone welcome! Refreshments will be served. B.W. Powe

 B.W. Powe. September 2010 Like the two-headed Roman god Janus, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye toiled together yet separately, within the same institution, forging new ways to think about emerging technologies, media, culture and literature. They often disagreed. But to York University English Professor B.W. Powe, a student of them both, they represent two sides […]

   Philip Marchand (McLuhan’s biographer), June 27, 2014  One of the striking features of B.W. Powe’s 1981 A Climate Charged: Essays on Canadian Writers — signalling the arrival of a distinctive voice in Canadian criticism — was that author’s facility in combining erudite argument with the evocation of personality. In the 1981 book, for example, there are […]

Northrop Frye (1912-1991) – Photo by Fred Phipps The following quote is from B.W. Powe’s new book about Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye, announced in the posting below this one:-  “I argue here that Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye initiated a visionary-apocalyptic tradition in Canadian letters. It is an original tradition, seminal to understanding the […]