The Educated Imagination has ratings and 97 reviews. Mohammad said: مطالعه ی این کتاب من را قانع کرد که تخیل واقعا فرهیخته است! در نهایت پی می بریم ک. FOR THE PAST twenty-five years I have been teaching and studying English literature in a university. As in any other job, certain questions stick in one’s mind, . “What good is the study of literature? Does it help us think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life than we could without it?” Written in the.
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The crisis of emptiness in modern life only underscores our need for education p. Frye offers, in addition, challenging and stimulating ideas for the teaching of literature at lower school levels, designed both to promote an early interest and to lead the student to the knowledge and kaleidoscopic experience found in eduated study of literature.
So I picked you up, slim volume that you are, and read you over a series of happy, early-morning book-with-coffee sessions. If the ship you were wrecked in was a Western ship, you’d probably feel that your intellect tells you more about what’s really there in the outer world, and that your emotions tell you more about what’s going on inside you. I could paint this on a wooden sign and hang it up in my house: And How do we best teach literature?.
This may seem obvious to those who do study literature, but it was eye-opening for me. Notify me of new comments via email. For a literary critic, Frye writes simply and poetically, and I was surprised by how quick and good to read and soul-filling this book is. Northrop Frye is a famous Canadian English literature professor who wrote quite a few books on literary theory, among other achievements.
She died in Australia while accompanying Frye on a lecture tour. Northrop FryeProfessor Northrop Frye. One produces the figure of speech called the simile; the other produces the figure called metaphor. You keep associating your literary experiences together: So he produces what Baudelaire called a ‘suggestive magic including at the same time object and subject, the world outside the artist and the artist himself.
This little book should be required reading for every university English major in their first week and then be re-read every year. Aug 30, Jessica Bebenek rated it it was amazing Shelves: My, my, aren’t we a gung-ho little English major?
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The Canadian point of view added into the experience for me as well. I recommend it to teachers and readers and the general populace alike, because it is very interesting and presents a solid argument for the validity of studying English lit – and writing literature in the first place – which I wish our politicians would appreciate. Frye uses his strong and fluent prose to answer these questions. Literature’s world is a concrete human world of immediate experience.
Shelley’s essay is a wonderful piece of writing, but it’s not likely to convince anyone who needs convincing. Writers don’t seem to benefit much by the advance of science, although they fry on superstitions of all kinds. My chief disappointment with this book is Frye’s silence regarding imagination’s vital position in faith. The Motive for Imaginztion.
Northrop succeeds completely in arguing his case that the study of literature is as critical as studying math and science.
It’s the process of adapting to the environment, or rather of transforming the environment in the interests of one species, that iagination on among animals and plants as well as human beings. The other thing I loved about this lecture was how he validates having and using our imaginations, not relegating them to the realm of fantasy or child’s play.
The Educated Imagination by Northrop Frye
The problem is that most English teachers don’t get or like Shakespeare either – it’s a cycle. I’m not absolutely sure how much I agree, with his reasoning at least, but it’s true that our culture and society is founded on such works and continues to influence them without our even realising or noticing – to be able to nirthrop see our world in such a way would take a lifetime of study.
They indicate too that in the human world the imagination has no limits, if you follow me. At times his arguments read a little dated, but one in particular stands out, especially as it connects to the study of Dickens, which was what I was reading at the time, nortjrop helps me to understand why novels like A Week of This Nathan Whitlockwhich I read recently, don’t have the same effect.
Description Addressed to educators and general readers—the “consumers of literature” from all walks of life—this important new book explores the value and uses of literature in our time.
It may have a shape and a meaning, but it doesn’t seem to be a human shape or a human meaning.
I don’t think he ever forgot his roots as a Presbyterian ministers. Secondly, students must learn Greek and Roman mythology. I have never read or listened to one that wasn’t enlightening. References imqgination this book A Theory of Parody: The book, only pages, is one that requires contemplation. But literature begins educzted the possible model of experience, and what it produces is the literary model we call the classic. The bottom half is, then, the language of tragedy and irony, or satire, where we may experience alienation from the world is it ought to educaed.
You have to have names for things, and you need qualities like ‘wet’ or ‘green’ or ‘beautiful’ to describe how things seem to you. The last couple chapters also got a bit political talk of Communism and such but imagibation it was to be expected; it was written in the ’60s after all.
There was a problem adding your email address. I’m disappointed Do you ever read a book, but can’t recall how or why it landed on your TBR list? Several buildings at the University of Toronto have been named after him, and he’s still a voice to be reckoned with in the field, though he died in King Lear is nogthrop, as far as drama is concerned; so is Oedipus Rexwritten two thousand years earlier than that, and both will be models of dramatic writing as long as the human race endures.
Even if there’s enough to eat and no dangerous animals, you feel lonely and frightened and unwanted in such a world. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Many people grow up without really understanding the difference between imaginative and discursive writing. They slide like wisps of elocution over the chill air. His first book, Fearful Symmetrywas published in to international acclaim. He posits three kinds of language within a language – that of ordinary conversation and self-expression; of conveying information in a practical sense; and of the imagination, i.
He identifies three different uses of language, which he also terms types or levels of language. Northrop Frye, who passed away inwas one of the great minds of literary criticism and theory.