Northrop Frye's Writings on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Northrop Frye's Writings on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


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Northrop Frye's Writings on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Imre Salusinszky

Highlighting aspects of his scholarship seldom given sufficient emphasis, this new volume of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye documents Frye's writings on the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (apart from those on William Blake, which are featured in other volumes).

The volume includes Frye's seminal 1956 essay "Towards Defining an Age of Sensibility" and the highly influential 1968 book A Study of English Romanticism. With these pieces and the other published and unpublished works contained in the volume, Frye changed the way the transition from the major Augustan figures to the Romantics was viewed. These works are a central part of Frye's long and radical rethinking of the relation of romance and Romanticism and, through them, he emerges as a meticulous textual critic, teasing out the fine brushstroke effects in writers as varied as Boswell and Beddoes, Dickens and Dickinson.

Imre Salusinszky's introduction and annotation illuminates Frye's writing and guides the reader along the path of Frye's five-decade development of thought on Romanticism. This volume is an invaluable contribution to studies on Frye, as well as to Romantic and Victorian literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802038241
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Collected Works of Northrop Frye Series , #17
Pages: 515
Product dimensions: 6.41(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

Imre Salusinszky is an editorial writer with the national daily newspaper The Australian.

Table of Contents





On the Eighteenth Century

  1. The Young Boswell
  2. Towards Defining an Age of Sensibility
  3. Nature Methodized
  4. Varieties of Eighteenth-Century Sensibility

On Romanticism

  1. CBC Goethe Salute
  2. Long Sequacious Notes
  3. Lord Byron
  4. Foreword to Romanticism Reconsidered
  5. The Drunken Boat: The Revolutionary Element in Romanticism
  6. A Study of English Romanticism
    1. The Romantic Myth
    2. Yorick: The Romantic Macabre
    3. Prometheus: The Romantic Revolutionary
    4. Endymion: The Romantic Epiphanic
  7. John Keats
  8. Kathleen Hazel Coburn
  9. How It Was
  10. In the Earth, or In the Air?

On the Nineteenth Century

  1. Review of Patience and The Silver Box
  2. Review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  3. Iolanthe
  4. Review of Iolanthe
  5. Review of Bradbrook's Ibsen the Norwegian
  6. James, LeFanu, and Morris
  7. An Important Influence
  8. Review of Joan Evans's John Ruskin
  9. Emily Dickinson
  10. The Problem of Spiritual Authority in the Nineteenth Century
  11. Dickens and the Comedy of Humours
  12. The Meeting of Past and Future in William Morris
  13. The World as Music and Idea in Wagner's Parsifal
  14. Some Reflections on Life and Habit




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