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Frye, Northrop

(nôr`thrəp), 1912–91, Canadian literary critic, b. Quebec. In 1936 he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada. In 1948 he was appointed professor of English at Victoria College, of which he was later principal (1959–66). Fearful Symmetry (1947) is an authoritative study of William Blake's symbolism and religious mysticism. His most influential study, Anatomy of Criticism (1957), a synoptic overview of the principles and techniques of literary criticism, attempts to uncover and categorize the underlying myths and archetypes of world literature. The Great Code: The Bible and Literature (1982) is a discourse on the narrative and stylistic devices of the Bible. His other major works include The Well-Tempered Critic (1963), as well as studies of Shakespeare, Milton, T. S. Eliot, and the English romantic poets.


See studies by D. Cook (1986) and I. Balfour (1988); bibliography by R. D. Denham (1987).

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The Northrop Frye Handbook: A Biographical and Bibliographic Guide.
By the time Northrop Frye set out to write what would become the definitive monograph on Blake, and the book that would make his name as a critic, Fearful Symmetry (1947), dozens of books had been published on Blake, as Frye himself makes clear in the posthumous Northrop Frye on Milton and Blake.
This reference reader on the life and writings of Northrop Frye provides researchers with a comprehensive listing of events, publications, and secondary source materials relating to the father of modern literary criticism.
As definicoes oficiais do Canada, sejam elas feitas por Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood ou por outros revisitados na elaboracao deste estudo, sugerem, na verdade, uma perspectiva nacional e um tema cultural da ironia na literatura canadense.
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Swindell begins with a knowledgeable introduction and then proceeds with chapters dedicated to a survey of principal texts; identifying eight theorists from Northrop Frye to Harold Finch; addressing theology as represented in fourteen reception-histories; and so much more.
Mill, Northrop Frye, and Helen Vendler, whose treatment of the voicing of lyric has oversimplified its modes and strategies of address, gains traction not only in the context of early modern poetry studies but also vis-a-vis specialists in Romanticism and twentieth-century poetry, whose thinking about "the" lyric has all too often been limited to, and hence distorted by, the perspective of a particular historical moment or a particular set of aesthetic preferences.
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El mas importante estudioso de la literatura canadiense, Northrop Frye (1912-1991) tuvo una vida intelectual extraordinariamente fructifera pero paradojica a la vez (1).

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