Daily Archives: August 20, 2009


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We are getting a steady stream of emails from people with proposals for papers for the upcoming journal, Myth and Metaphor. Keep them coming.  Please also remember that we are looking for guest bloggers to post here at The Educated Imagination. We encourage anyone who feels they might have something to contribute — a nagging idea that won’t go away, an outstanding issue that hasn’t been resolved, a crazy insight that haunts your sleep — to drop us a line as soon as you can.  We want to post your work-in-progress here.

In other news, we are pleased to announce that Bob Denham has kindly agreed to allow us to provide his Northrop Frye Newsletter a permanent digital home at Myth and Metaphor.  We will, of course, link it here too once it is online.

Today in the Frye Diaries, 19-20 August


Frye occasionally quipped that some undertakings are as short-lived as a new year’s resolution. He may have had his own diaries in mind. Frye started seven separate diaries between 1942 and 1955.  Five of them dutifully commence in January and, of those, only one makes it to September; one lasts till March, one till April, and one till May. Another doesn’t make it past January 13th. His diary for the entire year of 1953 consists of four entries in March. His first diary, begun in the summer of 1942, he manages to maintain till mid-November, making it the latest month of any year that Frye records to any significant extent. Which is to say that drawing on anniversary occasions from the diaries is a haphazard endeavor at best. Still, while we find our footing here and build our readership and contributor base, this kind of exercise promises nutritious tidbits. What Frye says in a throwaway observation often reveals more than many people manage with their best shot. We’ll make this first entry a two-fer, covering both the 19th and the 20th of August.

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