The Educated Imagination has ratings and 97 reviews. Mohammad said: مطالعه ی این کتاب من را قانع کرد که تخیل واقعا فرهیخته است! در نهایت پی می بریم ک. FOR THE PAST twenty-five years I have been teaching and studying English literature in a university. As in any other job, certain questions stick in one’s mind, . “What good is the study of literature? Does it help us think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life than we could without it?” Written in the.

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Northrop’s argument is even more important in the 21st century where people are willing to completely brush aside Literature, and the rest of the humanities, norhtrop the sake of the STEM fields.

While I copied several quotes, I continue to struggle to give a short synopsis of his thoughts on literature. Massey Lecture titles are always very engaging reads. This is a small, tiny grievance with Northrop and his argument is brilliant nonetheless.

THE EDUCATED IMAGINATION by Northrop Frye | Kirkus Reviews

There’s the level of consciousness and awareness, where the most important thing is the difference between me and everything else. He posits three kinds of language within a language – that of ordinary conversation and self-expression; of conveying information in a practical sense; and of the imagination, i. This is the speculative or contemplative position of the mind, the position in which the arts and sciences begin, although they don’t stay there very long.

Indiana University Press Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There was a problem adding your email address. I don’t think that the common way of throwing Macbeth in the faces of fifteen-year-olds works at all; in fact, it has a detrimental effect.

This belief is itself the product of modern man’s sick imagination which literature can both heal and reveal.

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Frye’s proposals for the teaching of literature include an early emphasis educatfd poetry, the “central and original literary form,” intensive study of the Bible, as literature, and the Greek and Imqgination classics, as these embody all the great enduring themes of western man, and study of the great literary forms: And I am beginning to know what to do next.

The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought in the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe ikagination, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.

In this area we can never say clearly where the art stops and the science begins, or vice versa. The other thing I loved about this lecture was how he validates having and using our imaginations, not relegating them to the realm of fantasy or child’s imagnation.

I’ve a always liked the literary analysis of Northrop Frye. And How do we best teach literature?. King Lear is it, as far as drama is concerned; so is Oedipus Rexwritten two thousand years earlier than that, and both will be models of dramatic writing as long as the human race endures.

The English of this level is the English of ordinary conversation, which is mostly monologue, as you’ll soon realize if you do a bit of eavesdropping, or listening to yourself.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The Singing School 3. Privacy Notice Accessibility Help. Additionally, everyone who teaches English, from elementary school through to PhD programs should be reading this book regularly.

We can call it the language of self-expression. My, my, aren’t we a gung-ho little English major?

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Frye does not accept the romantic theory that literature is uniquely inspired. Eliot tell there’s Theseus things tion truth trying ture turn University of Toronto vision Wallace Stevens want to live what’s white goddess whole words writer Yeats.

Frye lays out, in clear and eloquent language, the argument nortnrop the study of literature and the arts. Nov 05, Sam rated it it was amazing.

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This is a thin book; I read the Kobo edition which was only about screens, so the paper version would be around pages. Frye now deals with the respective claims of the reader and writer, the producer and consumer of literature.

Fryye expect the same would go for The Iliad and The Odyssey I should rave over this book. Myths tend to stick together to form a mythology. Compared to music, for example, where a student learns about the diatonic scale and the major relations of notes and chords, literature seems to have few basic principles.

I could paint this on a wooden sign and hang it up in my house: Until then, the prophetic poetry of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by some to be delusional ramblings.

Not educqted type of book but it was interesting to discuss. You have an intellect that feels curious about it and wants to study it, and you have feelings or emotions that see it as beautiful or austere or terrible. Apr 20, Dylan Grant rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About The Educated Imag A person who knows nothing about literature may be an ignoramus, but many people don’t mind being that.

I’m disappointed with myself that I don’t. But then you find that every mother tongue, in any developed or civilized society, turns into something called literature.

The Educated Imagination

His three levels of language I found enlighting. The novelists seem to be a little closer to the world they’re living in, but not much. The emotions are unreasonable: I nodded my head in vigorous assent: Jun 17, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: