Northrop Frye's Writings on Education

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This volume brings together 95 different pieces on education by Northrop Frye, dating from 1931 to 1989. It traces Frye's thinking about education from his student days through the campus unrest of the 1960s and the more recent budgetary crises facing higher education in Canada. Frye's consistent affirmation that the goal of a liberal education is to make one maladjusted may give some hint as to the richness and variety of the writings collected here.

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Overview

This volume brings together 95 different pieces on education by Northrop Frye, dating from 1931 to 1989. It traces Frye's thinking about education from his student days through the campus unrest of the 1960s and the more recent budgetary crises facing higher education in Canada. Frye's consistent affirmation that the goal of a liberal education is to make one maladjusted may give some hint as to the richness and variety of the writings collected here.

Among the range of subjects that Frye addresses are teaching (from kindergarten to university), literary studies, the nature of the university, student radicalism, educational policy and procedure, and particular occasions in the life of Victoria University. The volume includes articles, speeches, reports, a short book, introductions, letters to the editor, and some obscure and newly discovered texts. As former students and colleagues of Frye, the editors have brought personal as well as scholarly knowledge to the volume. Each provides part of the introduction: the first placing the works in the context of Frye's biography and the changes in university education over his lifetime; the other discussing them theoretically and in relation to his ideas about literature and the imagination.

Frye was influential not only as a theorist of education but as a teacher and administrator. His writings on education are a central part of his life's work, and no Frye scholar or enthusiast should be without them.

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Brings together 95 pieces on education by Northrup Frye, dating from 1931 to 1989, including articles, speeches, reports, letters, an introduction, and a short book. Material traces Frye's thinking about education from his student days through the campus unrest of the 1960s and the more recent budgetary crises facing higher education in Canada. An introduction places works in the context of Frye's life and the changes in university education over his lifetime, and discusses his works and their relation to his ideas about literature and the imagination. The editors are affiliated with Victoria University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802048271
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Collected Works of Northrop Frye Series , #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Goldwin French is President Emeritus, Victoria University.

Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of the twentieth century's most influential English scholars and literary critics. Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria University in the University of Toronto from 1939 until his death. His works include Words with Power and Anatomy of Criticism.

Jean O'Grady is associate editor of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Credits xvii
Abbreviations xxi
Introduction xxiii
1 The Bob 3
2 Victoria College Debating Parliament 5
3 That Trinity Debate 8
4 The Case against Examinations 10
5 Arthur Richard Cragg 14
6 On the Frosh: An Editorial 17
7 Editorial in Undress (I) 21
8 James Delmer Martin 23
9 The Question of Maturity: An Editorial 26
10 Editorial in Undress (II) 29
11 Editorial in Undress (III) 31
12 The Pass Course: A Polemic 34
13 A Liberal Education 40
14 Education and the Humanities 50
15 Back to Work 53
16 For Whom the Dunce Cap Fits 55
17 Have We a National Education? 57
18 The Study of English in Canada 59
19 Address to the Graduating Class of Victoria College 66
20 Humanities in a New World 69
21 Greetings from the Principal 86
22 By Liberal Things 88
23 Senior Dinner Address 103
24 The Critical Discipline 106
25 Dialogue Begins 117
26 Push-Button Gadgets May Help--But the Teacher Seems Here to Stay 120
27 Autopsy on an Old Grad's Grievance 123
28 Introduction to Design for Learning 127
29 The Developing Imagination 143
30 To the Class of '62 at Queen's 160
31 The Changing Pace in Canadian Education 166
32 The Dean of Women 177
33 Convocation Address, University of British Columbia 179
34 The Principal's Message 185
35 We Are Trying to Teach a Vision of Society 187
36 Elementary Teaching and Elemental Scholarship 192
37 Foreword to The Living Name 207
38 Education--Protection against Futility 210
39 The Classics and the Man of Letters 215
40 Charles Bruce Sissons, 1879-1965 222
41 New Programmes 225
42 Report on the "Adventures" Readers 227
43 Speculation and Concern 242
44 The Time of the Flood 259
45 The Instruments of Mental Production 261
46 Speech at a Freshman Welcome 279
47 The Knowledge of Good and Evil 281
48 A New Principal for Victoria 297
49 The Question of "Success" 299
50 A Meeting of Minds 306
51 Higher Education and Personal Life 308
52 The University and the Heroic Vision 311
53 Convocation Address, Franklin and Marshall 317
54 Book Learning and Barricades 324
55 The Social Importance of Literature 326
56 Research and Graduate Education in the Humanities 335
57 The Ethics of Change: The Role of the University 345
58 The University and Personal Life: Student Anarchism and the Educational Contract 360
59 An Ideal University Community 379
60 In Memoriam: Miss Jessie Macpherson 382
61 The Day of Intellectual Battle: Reflections on Student Unrest 384
62 Convocation Address, York University 389
63 Congratulatory Statement to Dartmouth 394
64 Hart House Rededicated 395
65 On Horace 400
66 A Revolution Betrayed: Freedom and Necessity in Education 401
67 The Definition of a University 406
68 Education and the Rejection of Reality 422
69 On Teaching Literature 432
70 Wright Report 462
71 Wright Report (II) 464
72 Universities and the Deluge of Cant 465
73 The Critic and the Writer 470
74 Foreword to The Child as Critic 476
75 Preface to ADE and ADFL Bulletins 479
76 Address at the Installation of Gordon Keyes as Principal of Victoria Colleg 481
77 Presidential Address at the MLA 483
78 Reminiscences 494
79 The Teacher's Source of Authority 496
80 Address on Receiving the Royal Bank Award 507
81 Installation Address as Chancellor 517
82 The Chancellor's Message 523
83 Criticism as Education 525
84 The Beginning of the Word 539
85 Installation of Alvin A. Lee 551
86 The View from Here 553
87 The Authority of Learning 568
88 Language as the Home of Human Life 577
89 On Living inside Real Life 591
90 Farewell to Goldwin French 593
91 Foreword to English Studies at Toronto 595
92 Preface to On Education 599
93 Preface to From Cobourg to Toronto 607
94 Unpublished Introduction to Beyond Communication 611
95 Woman Heads University 616
Appendix Educational Pieces Omitted from This Volume 617
Notes 619
Emendations 647
Index 651
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