Posts Tagged ‘Northrop Frye’

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 […]


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 new […]


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 http://www.yorku.ca/web/maps/KEELE_Map.pdf ) 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 | 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 sharply observed portraits […]


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 […]


It’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of Northrop Frye, Canada’s most distinguished literary critic, who died in 199 (Fred Phipps photo) Why we should toast Northrop Frye’s 100th birthday Martin Knelman, Entertainment Columnist There will be no parade and no fireworks in Toronto on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of Northrop Frye’s birth. […]


Last year was the Centenary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth on July 21, 1911. This year it’s Northrop Frye’s turn; he was born on July 14, 1912 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Great literary scholar that he was, Frye was also Marshall McLuhan’s rival in academic politics and scholarly influence at the University of Toronto during the ’60s and […]