By Northrop Frye

This quantity, the twenty-second within the acclaimed gathered Works of Northrop Frye sequence, provides Frye's so much influential paintings, Anatomy of feedback (1957). In 4 trendy and sweeping essays, Frye makes an attempt to formulate an total view of the scope, ideas, and methods of literary feedback and the conventions of literature - its modes, symbols, archetypes, and genres. He makes the case for feedback as a sound and dependent technology, a technology that he might move directly to wield with nice effect over the process his extraordinary career.

Robert D. Denham's creation to this variation examines the book's genesis, its preliminary reception, and its relation to Frye's different works, really nervous Symmetry (Volume 14 within the series). He highlights the diagrammatic state of mind that characterizes Frye's model of structuralism and explores the that means of the notice 'anatomy.' Denham additionally offers context for the paintings, contemplating the severe culture out of which it emerged, in addition to the way it pertains to a number of the hobbies that seemed after the waning of structuralism. A key quantity within the accumulated Works sequence, this annotated and expertly brought variation of Anatomy of feedback may be absolute to fulfill Frye's many admirers.

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That was the source of all mental and physical diseases in the world. So he writes an enormous survey of human life. It ranks with Chaucer and Dickens, except the characters are books rather than people. It was both an analysis of the causes and cures and treatment of melancholy and a kind of synthetic overview of human nature before it gets melancholy. On a much smaller scale there was Lyly’s Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, which has given us the word euphuism, meaning that if you’re too bright and don’t know enough you can get into trouble.

53 The Anatomy is written primarily in what Frye would later call second-phase language, the continuous prose of abstraction and reason and of analogical and dialectical thinking. Its aim, as suggested above, is the analysis of literary conventions and the synthesis of these into comprehensive order. Editor’s Introduction xxxv Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy was ostensibly a medical discourse. Today it is read less for instruction into the cures of the psychiatrically sick than for its delight. Posterity will determine whether Frye’s Anatomy follows the course of Burton’s.

The efficient cause of civilization is work, and poetry in its social aspect has the function of expressing, as a verbal hypothesis, a vision of the goal of work and the forms of desire. (98) Criticism on the archetypal level, therefore, is concerned not just with genre and convention. Because it views the symbol as a natural object with a human meaning, its scope is expanded to include civilization. And from this perspective, poetry becomes a product of a vision of the goals of human work. Editor’s Introduction li This broad conception of criticism depends upon Frye’s broad view of verbal culture.

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