Secular Scripture

Secular Scripture

by Northrop Frye
     
 

Frye discerns in the innumerable romantic narratives of the Western tradition an imaginative universe stretching from an idyllic world to a demonic one, and a pattern of action taking the form of a cyclical descent into and ascent out of the demonic realm. Romance as a whole is thus seen as forming an integrated vision of the world, a "secular scripture" whose hero is… See more details below

Overview

Frye discerns in the innumerable romantic narratives of the Western tradition an imaginative universe stretching from an idyllic world to a demonic one, and a pattern of action taking the form of a cyclical descent into and ascent out of the demonic realm. Romance as a whole is thus seen as forming an integrated vision of the world, a "secular scripture" whose hero is man, paralleling the sacred scripture whose hero is God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674796768
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2004
Series:
Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,393,186
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Word and World of Man

2. The Context of Romance

3. Our Lady of Pain: Heroes and Heroines of Romance

4. The Bottomless Dream: Themes of Descent

5. Quis Hic Locus? Themes of Ascent

6. The Recovery of Myth

Notes

Index

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