The Educated Imagination and Other Writings on Critical Theory 1933-1963

By Germaine Warkentin

© 2006

In 1933, Northrop Frye was a recent university graduate, beginning to learn his craft as a literary essayist. By 1963, with the publication of The Educated Imagination, he had become an international academic celebrity. In the intervening three decades, Frye wrote widely and prodigiously, but it is in the papers and lectures collected in this installment of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, that the genesis of a distinguished literary critic can be seen. Here is Frye tracing the first outlines of a literary cosmology that would culminate in The Anatomy of Criticism (1958) and shapeThe Great Code (1982) and Words with Power (1990).

At the same time that Frye garnered such international acclaim, he was also a working university teacher, lecturing in the University of Toronto's English Language and Literature program. In her lively introduction, Germaine Warkentin links Frye's evolution as a critic with his love of music, his passionate concern for his students, and his growing professional ambition. The writings included in this volume show how Frye integrated ideas into the work that would consolidate the fame that Fearful Symmetry (1947) had first established.

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The writings included in this volume show how Frye integrated ideas into the work that would consolidate the fame that Fearful Symmetry (1947) had first established.

The Educated Imagination and Other Writings on Critical Theory 1933-1963

By Germaine Warkentin

© 2006

In 1933, Northrop Frye was a recent university graduate, beginning to learn his craft as a literary essayist. By 1963, with the publication of The Educated Imagination, he had become an international academic celebrity. In the intervening three decades, Frye wrote widely and prodigiously, but it is in the papers and lectures collected in this installment of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, that the genesis of a distinguished literary critic can be seen. Here is Frye tracing the first outlines of a literary cosmology that would culminate in The Anatomy of Criticism (1958) and shapeThe Great Code (1982) and Words with Power (1990).

At the same time that Frye garnered such international acclaim, he was also a working university teacher, lecturing in the University of Toronto's English Language and Literature program. In her lively introduction, Germaine Warkentin links Frye's evolution as a critic with his love of music, his passionate concern for his students, and his growing professional ambition. The writings included in this volume show how Frye integrated ideas into the work that would consolidate the fame that Fearful Symmetry (1947) had first established.

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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Works of Northrop Frye
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 768 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.7in x 9.6in
  • Author Information

    Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of the twentieth century's most influential English scholars and literary critics. Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria University in the University of Toronto from 1939 until his death. His works include Words with Power and Anatomy of Criticism.



    Germaine Warkentin is a professor emeritus of the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Credits and Sources

    Abbreviations

    Introduction

    1. Dr. Edgar’s Book
    2. Art Does Need Sociability
    3. Music in Poetry
    4. The Anatomy in Prose Fiction
    5. The Nature of Satire
    6. Nichols and Kirkup’s The Cosmic Shape
    7. R.F. Patterson’s The Story of English Literature
    8. The Function of Criticism at the Present Time
    9. The Four Forms of Prose Fiction
    10. Levels of Meaning in Literature
    11. A Conspectus of Dramatic Genres
    12. The Archetypes of Literature
    13. Three Meanings of Symbolism
    14. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
    15. Towards a Theory of Cultural History
    16. Art in a New Modulation
    17. Ministry of Angels
    18. Critics and Criticism
    19. Myth as Information
    20. Content with the Form
    21. Forming Fours
    22. The Language of Poetry
    23. The Transferability of Literary Concepts
    24. An Indispensable Book
    25. “Preface” and “Introduction: Lexis and Melos”
    26. The Ulysses Theme and Tragic Themes in Western Literature
    27. Nature and Homer
    28. Sir James Frazer
    29. Interior Monologue of M. Teste
    30. World Enough without Time
    31. Literature as Possession
    32. New Directions from Old
    33. The Well-Tempered Critic (I)
    34. The Well-Tempered Critic (II)
    35. Myth, Fiction, and Displacement
    36. The Imaginative and the Imaginary
    37. The Educated Imagination

    Notes

    Emendations

    Index

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