Who is Northrop Frye?

  • (noun): Canadian literary critic interested in the use of myth and symbolism (1912-1991).
    Synonyms: Frye, Herman Northrop Frye

Northrop Frye

Herman Northrop "Norrie" Frye, CC FRSC (July 14, 1912 – January 23, 1991) was a Canadian literary critic and literary theorist, considered one of the most influential of the 20th century.

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Imre Salusinszky - Bibliography - Literary Cricitism and Literary Non-fiction - Northrop Frye
... with Derrida, Jacques (1987(x2) 2003), Criticism in society interviews with Jacques Derrida, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Frank Kermode, Edward Said, Barbara Johnson. 244, ISBN 0-416-92280-5 "Visionary Frye", Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, vol. 1999), Rereading Frye the published and unpublished works, University of Toronto Press, pp ...
A Brief History of The Frye Festival
... Northrop Frye's presence has always been felt in Moncton ... In November 1990, at the invitation of Professor Serge Morin, Northrop Frye returned to Moncton to deliver the Pascal Poirier Lecture at the Université de Moncton ... The following year, after Frye's death in January 1991, The Northrop Frye Society hosted a gathering of Frye-ites, and John Ayre, Frye's biographer, delivered the ...
Northrop Frye - Awards and Honors
... Frye was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1951 and awarded the Royal Society's Lorne Pierce Medal (1958) and its Pierre Chauveau Medal (1970) ... Northrop Frye was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1972 ... An international literary festival The Frye Festival, named in Frye's honour, takes place every April in Moncton, New Brunswick ...
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    Poetry is the most direct and simple means of expressing oneself in words: the most primitive nations have poetry, but only quite well developed civilizations can produce good prose. So don’t think of poetry as a perverse and unnatural way of distorting ordinary prose statements: prose is a much less natural way of speaking than poetry is. If you listen to small children, and to the amount of chanting and singsong in their speech, you’ll see what I mean.
    Northrop Frye (1912–1991)

    Myths, as compared with folk tales, are usually in a special category of seriousness: they are believed to have “really happened,” or to have some exceptional significance in explaining certain features of life, such as ritual. Again, whereas folk tales simply interchange motifs and develop variants, myths show an odd tendency to stick together and build up bigger structures. We have creation myths, fall and flood myths, metamorphose and dying-god myths.
    —Northrop Frye (1912–1991)