Dear Michael Happy,
You may have heard the good news: the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto will survive. The great outpouring of international support for the Centre in the form of letters and signatures to the on-line petition made the administration think again about their plans to cut the Centre’s degree programs. The Administration has also stepped back from its decision to fold the languages and literature departments into a single School of Languages and Literatures. German, Spanish and Portuguese, Slavic, Italian, and East Asian Studies will all retain their status as independent departments.
There is not only relief but excitement. One good thing that has come out of the otherwise regrettable crisis is a new spirit of collaboration among the languages and literatures at Toronto. The Centre for Comparative Literature will develop closer links to Victoria College (the part of the university where Northrop Frye had his academic home|) and to the undergraduate program in Literary Studies housed there. This is all to the good.
I would like to thank you and all the many contributors to the Frye blog for all the support and coverage you have given us through the crisis. Know that it all worked.
Thank you again.
Neil ten Kortenaar, Director, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto