Frye on Fundamentalism: “God has been replaced by the devil” August 15, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMqjXUjhKhM Frye’s final posthumously-published work, The Double Vision, is remarkably perceptive on the rise of religious fundamentalism and its potential dangers. A decade ago the overwhelming concern on the American scene was Islamic fundamentalism, or “Islamism,” as it came to be known. In remarkably short order (thanks to the presence of George W. Bush inView Full Page…

Primary Concern as a “caring and responsible attitude to nature” July 12, 2011

Harperworld’s heartland: Fort McMurray, Alberta Picking up on our thread involving Stephen Harper’s intention to turn Canada into an “energy superpower” by churning out increasing amounts of the world’s dirtiest oil, here’s something from The Double Vision: In the twentieth century, with a pollution that threatens the supply of air to breath and water toView Full Page…

Frye on “the separation of church and state” May 23, 2011

From The Double Vision, which aptly anticipates the increasingly intrusive religious orthodoxy and fundamentalism into politics: In the course of time the movement begun by the Reformation did achieve one major victory: the gradual spread throughout the Western world of the principle of separation of church and state. Something of the genuine secular benefits of democracyView Full Page…

Frye and the “Mature Society” April 1, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA-0y0Tywlw Stephen Harper yesterday announced he will only take four questions from the national news media per day — a national media he sequestered behind a fence forty feet away. He’s also backed off on his challenge to debate Michael Ignatieff one on one. Frye’s comments on liberalism are very much in the social democraticView Full Page…

Egypt February 10, 2011

Cairo, today Probably anybody who’s interested at all is fully up to date on developments in Egypt — Mubarak may be out tonight, and there’s talk of a quiet, behind the scenes military coup sympathetic to the will of the people.  It’s very gratifying that this popular uprising was not extinguished like the one inView Full Page…

How Many Groundhog Days? February 6, 2011

One Groundhog Day after another Frye in The Double Vision: There are two kinds of repetition: one is inorganic, a matter of merely doing the same thing over and over; the other is habit or practice repetition that leads to the acquiring of a skill, like practicing a sport or musical instrument.  Inorganic repetition isView Full Page…

“We must love one another or die” September 1, 2010

German newsreel footage of the invasion of Poland (with English subtitles). On this date in 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland, beginning the Second World War in Europe. This is one of those rare occasions where a terrible historical event inspires a major literary work that is contemporaneous with it.  In this instance, a poem withView Full Page…

Quote of the Day May 12, 2010

“A glance at the human situation around us reveals war, famine, arbitrary acts of injustice and exploitation, violence, crime, collapse of moral standards, and so on almost indefinitely.  Even in prosperous countries a spiritual barrenness produces innumerable acts of ferocity and despair . How does human life of this kind differ from life in hell? View Full Page…

Fact, Imagination, Language January 8, 2010

Responding to Michael Dolzani, Matthew Griffin and Clayton Chrusch I think the issue of whether or not imagination and fact are incompatible in Frye has to be seen in terms of his theory of language. We get two elaborate accounts of this theory in the first chapters of both The Great Code and Words withView Full Page…

How Does Frye Think? October 24, 2009

With regard to Joe’s question about Frye’s method and the “way he thinks,” it seems to me that a critical method is a function of at least four variables: the language a critic uses (the material cause: out of what?); the subject matter he or she explores (the formal cause: what?), the manner used toView Full Page…