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By Robert D. Denham

Eminent Northrop Frye pupil Robert D. Denham explores the relationship among Frye and twelve writers who stimulated his considering yet approximately whom he didn’t write something expansive. Denham attracts in particular on Frye’s notebooks and different formerly unpublished texts, now on hand within the "Collected Works of Frye." Such different thinkers as Aristotle, Lewis Carroll, Soren Kierkegaard, and Paul Tillich grow to be very important figures in defining Frye’s cross-disciplinary pursuits. finally, the twelve “Others” of the identify come to symbolize an area occupied by means of writers whose pursuits paralleled Frye’s and helped to set up his personal serious universe.

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10 In 1954 we discover Frye instructing Aristotle’s Poetics in a path in literary feedback. Margaret (née Kell) Virany’s forty-two pages of sophistication notes provide a pretty specific checklist of Frye’s lectures during this path. eleven His studying of Aristotle through the years used to be really vast. all through his writing he both fees from or refers back to the Poetics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Physics, Rhetoric, Politics, Analytics, and at the Soul. He additionally refers to Aristotle’s treatise on biology, it appears the elements of Animals. one of many gains of Frye’s writing is the looks of aperçus that he had picked up in his interpreting of poets or philosophers or critics. those insights, frequently signalled by means of a unmarried observe, then get repeated many times in his writing. Examples contain Kierkegaard’s “repetition,” Joachim of Floris’s “three ages,” Hegel’s “Aufhebung,” Plato’s commonwealth as an allegory of the clever man’s brain, and Samuel Butler’s “practice-memory. ” There are ratings of those catchwords and a number of other are from Aristotle, similar to “rhetoric is the antistrophos of dialectic” — a line that will get repeated a dozen occasions from 1954 to 1990. equally, such Aristotelian rules as proairesis (moral character), hexis (state, disposition, habit), and telos (end, function) recur again and again. “Literary criticism,” Frye tells his scholars before everything of the 1954 path, “is one of many toughest sorts of all literary writing. the realm has visible just a couple of reliable literary critics. ” The path used to be indexed as Greek and Latin Literature, yet it seems that teachers may perhaps tailor the path to satisfy their very own pursuits. In any occasion, Frye dedicated the direction to the key serious figures — Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, and Quintilian, with glances at Aristophanes, Theophrastus, Isocrates, Terence, Laertius, Lucilius, Neoptolemus of Parium, Philodemus of Gadara, Aristarchus of Samothrace, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. 12 The path met one hour a week for twelve weeks. Frye allotted 3 complete lectures and parts of 2 different lectures to Aristotle, which used to be on the subject of a 3rd of the path — approximately 30 percentage of Virany’s notes. Her notes on Aristotle are reproduced within the Appendix to the current bankruptcy. LUMPERS AND SPLITTERS My purpose now's to check Frye’s debt to Aristotle because it manifests itself all through his writing, utilizing Virany’s type notes after they may also help to difficult his perspectives or outline his personal serious place. thirteen no longer lengthy after he taught the literary feedback direction, Frye wrote in a single of his notebooks, Aristotle turns out to me distinctive between philosophers, not just in dealing particularly with poetics, yet in assuming that such poetics will be an organon of a particular self-discipline. different philosophers, after they contact at the arts, deal in questions of normal aesthetics which they make a collection of analogies to their logical & metaphysical perspectives; for this reason it truly is tricky to take advantage of the aesthetics of, say, Kant or Hegel with out becoming concerned in a Kantian or Hegelian “position,” which in fact is the other of what i'm the following trying to do.

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