The Reception of Northrop Frye

Compiled by Robert D. Denham

© 2021

The widespread opinion is that Northrop Frye’s influence reached its zenith in the 1960s and 1970s, at which point he became obsolete, his work having been buried in obscurity. This almost universal opinion is summed up in Terry Eagleton’s 1983 rhetorical question, "Who now reads Frye?"

In The Reception of Northrop Frye, Robert D. Denham catalogues what has been written about Frye – books, articles, translations, dissertations and theses, and reviews – in order to demonstrate that the attention Frye’s work has received from the beginning has progressed at a geomantic rate. Denham also explores what we can discover once we have a fairly complete record of Frye’s reception in front of us – such as Hayden White’s theory of emplotments applied to historical writing and Byron Almén’s theory of musical narrative. The sheer quantity of what has been written about Frye reveals that the only valid response to Eagleton’s rhetorical question is "a very large and growing number," the growth being not incremental but exponential.

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The Reception of Northrup Frye takes a thorough accounting of the presence of Frye in existing works and argues against Frye’s diminishing status as an important critical voice.

The Reception of Northrop Frye

Compiled by Robert D. Denham

© 2021

The widespread opinion is that Northrop Frye’s influence reached its zenith in the 1960s and 1970s, at which point he became obsolete, his work having been buried in obscurity. This almost universal opinion is summed up in Terry Eagleton’s 1983 rhetorical question, "Who now reads Frye?"

In The Reception of Northrop Frye, Robert D. Denham catalogues what has been written about Frye – books, articles, translations, dissertations and theses, and reviews – in order to demonstrate that the attention Frye’s work has received from the beginning has progressed at a geomantic rate. Denham also explores what we can discover once we have a fairly complete record of Frye’s reception in front of us – such as Hayden White’s theory of emplotments applied to historical writing and Byron Almén’s theory of musical narrative. The sheer quantity of what has been written about Frye reveals that the only valid response to Eagleton’s rhetorical question is "a very large and growing number," the growth being not incremental but exponential.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Robert D. Denham is the John P. Fishwick Professor of English Emeritus at Roanoke College.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1.  Books Devoted to Frye in Their Entirety and Reviews of Those Books
    2.  Essays, Articles, and Parts of Books 
    3.  Obituaries, Memorials, Tributes
    4.  News and Feature Stories and Miscellaneous Items
    5.  Biographical Notices and Articles
    6.  Reviews of Frye’s Books
    7.  Reviews of the Volumes in the Collected Works
    8.  Dissertations and Theses

    Appendix

    Frye’s Books: Editions and Translations

    Index

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