Stéphane Mallarmé October 14, 2011

Ravel, “Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé” More treasure from Bob Denham’s Essays on Northrop Frye, “Frye and Stéphane Mallarmé”: [A]lthough Mallarmé speaks of God as an old scarecrow whom he has at last overcome,[i] he also speaks in his letters of a symbolic death and resurrection that he has attained through his search for aView Full Page…

Christian Love September 22, 2011

Stephen Harper — who walked away from Canada’s commitments under the Kyoto treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — appears in a billboard campaign in Copenhagen, 2009 Our last few posts make this a good time to return to our ongoing “Frye on God” thread. Conservative politicians are the most likely to declare themselves Christians,View Full Page…

Frye on Fundamentalism: “God has been replaced by the devil” August 15, 2011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

Frye on God: “Hell is in front of us because we have put it there; paradise is missing because we have failed to put it there” July 16, 2011

Part of the evolution of the universe sequence in The Tree of Life Over the last little while we’ve been running a Frye on God thread, which has already become part of a skein that weaves together a number of themes, not all of them obviously related. In a post yesterday we had a lookView Full Page…

“The Tree of Life” and “The Book of Job” July 15, 2011

I saw The Tree of Life last night, and it is a remarkable film. I loved all 14 billion years of it. (Yes, it does stretch back to the creation of the universe, but with emphasis on the last 60 years.) There are two explicit references to the Book of Job, beginning with the openingView Full Page…

“The word ‘creation’ is inescapably part of the way we see things” July 8, 2011

Continuing with our “Frye on God” thread: we have so far been considering the “death of God.” We can now move on to consider the God that survives. From Creation and Recreation: I want to begin with what is called “creativity” as a feature of human life, and move from there to some of the traditionalView Full Page…

William Faulkner July 6, 2011

Clip from an interview in which Faulkner explains why The Sound and the Fury is his personal “best beloved” novel William Faulkner died on this date is 1962. Frye in The Modern Century. The reference is brief, but the context — the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity considered in a religious context — isView Full Page…

Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica”: “God is not a mathematical diagram” July 5, 2011

The BBC’s documentary, “Isaac Newton: The Dark Heretic,” on Newton’s secret study of alchemy and his speculations on God and the Bible Sir Isaac Newton published his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica on this date in 1687. The occasion contributes nicely to our ongoing thread, Frye on God. Blake and Newton in “The Drunken Boat”: Blake’s view,View Full Page…

Gay Pride and a Sabbath Reflection July 3, 2011

Today is the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto. Frye in his 1952 diary: I have never myself felt any physical basis to my affectionate feelings for other men, but there must be one, and it seems to me to be as pointless to speak of all male love as buggery as it would be toView Full Page…

“God-is-Dead Syndrome” June 30, 2011

Jacques Derrida responding to questions on God and Logos Continuing with the “God is dead” thread in our Frye on God series, here he is in “The Double Mirror” associating the idea with developments in literary criticism: What I want initially to talk about is my present preoccupation with the Bible, which I am tryingView Full Page…