Posts Tagged ‘Northrop Frye’


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 […]



From The Educated Imagination blog, link at the bottom – From Northrop Frye: The Selected Letters, 1934-1991, ed. Robert D. Denham (Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Co., 2009) Letter to Robert Heilman, 29 October 1951 . . . I am very deeply obliged to you for being responsible for my having a wonderful summer.  I have […]



Of the twenty-nine volumes of Frye’s Collected Works, there is reference to McLuhan in twenty-three of them, from his 1949 diary to the late notebooks of the 1980s and one of his last interviews in November 1990. Here they are. From the 1949 diary: Norma Arnett came up to me last night & wanted to know why […]



This just goes to show that, as brilliant as the eminent Doctor Frye was when it comes to literature, he missed the mark when it came to understanding media. Not that Marshall McLuhan was always right, but he was right often enough; neither was Northrop Frye always right. McLuhan rejected the latter’s systematization and categorization of […]



Herman Northrop Frye, literary critic, university professor, editor (b at Sherbrooke, Qué 14 Jul 1912; d at Toronto 23 Jan 1991). A professor of English at Victoria College at the University of Toronto since 1939, Frye achieved international recognition for his literary theories, expounded in his study of William Blake’s prophecies,Fearful Symmetry (1947), his grammar of […]