Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Process

By Nella Cotrupi

© 2000

Nella Cotrupi's Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Process sheds a new conceptual light on Frye, successfully bringing him back into the central ring of contemporary critical thought. Challenging the often dismissive view of Frye's work as closed and outdated, Dr. Cotrupi explores the implications of his proposition that the history of criticism may be seen as having two main approaches — literature as "product" and literature as "process." In focusing on Frye's exploration of the process tradition Cotrupi sheds light on the agenda that Frye established for himself, when he noted at the end of Anatomy of Criticism that the reconciliatory task of criticism was to "reforge the broken link between creation and knowledge, art and science, myth and concept."

Dr. Cotrupi recontextualizes Frye's thought and shows us how Frye continues to be, not only relevant, but central to a number of the key concerns in the contemporary critical scene. Re-examining Frye's place in the history of critical thought, Dr. Cotrupi builds upon Frye's original vision of the "process" tradition and suggests further directions this exploration may take. Among the current areas of critical engagement which Cotrupi examines are relativism, possible world theory, and postmodernism — making this work of interest not only to Frye scholars, but also to those interested in the debates currently rocking the world of criticism, literature and culture.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 158 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
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Challenging the dismissive view of Frye's work as closed and outdated, Cotrupi explores the implications of his proposition that the history of criticism may be seen as having two main approaches – literature as "product" and literature as "process."

Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Process

By Nella Cotrupi

© 2000

Nella Cotrupi's Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Process sheds a new conceptual light on Frye, successfully bringing him back into the central ring of contemporary critical thought. Challenging the often dismissive view of Frye's work as closed and outdated, Dr. Cotrupi explores the implications of his proposition that the history of criticism may be seen as having two main approaches — literature as "product" and literature as "process." In focusing on Frye's exploration of the process tradition Cotrupi sheds light on the agenda that Frye established for himself, when he noted at the end of Anatomy of Criticism that the reconciliatory task of criticism was to "reforge the broken link between creation and knowledge, art and science, myth and concept."

Dr. Cotrupi recontextualizes Frye's thought and shows us how Frye continues to be, not only relevant, but central to a number of the key concerns in the contemporary critical scene. Re-examining Frye's place in the history of critical thought, Dr. Cotrupi builds upon Frye's original vision of the "process" tradition and suggests further directions this exploration may take. Among the current areas of critical engagement which Cotrupi examines are relativism, possible world theory, and postmodernism — making this work of interest not only to Frye scholars, but also to those interested in the debates currently rocking the world of criticism, literature and culture.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 158 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Nella Cotrupi is a lawyer and educator in Toronto.