This book, based on extensive archival and historical work, identifies and brings to light additional and littlerecognized intellectual influences on Frye, and analyzes how they informed his thought. These are variously major thinkers, sets of texts, and intellectual traditions: the Mahayana Sutras, Machiavelli, Rabelais, Boehme, Hegel, Coleridge, Carlyle, Mill, Jane Ellen Harrison and Elizabeth Fraser. In each chapter, dedicated to Frye's connection to a specific influence, Denham describes how Frye became acquainted with each, and how he interpreted and adapted certain ideas from them to help work out his own conceptual systems. Denham offers insights on Frye's relationship with his historical and intellectual contexts, provides valuable additional context for understanding the work of one of the 20th century's leading scholars of literature and culture. Includes over 20 photos, tables and figures, as well as a chapter on Frye's personal relationship with Elizabeth Fraser.
Robert D. Denham is John P. Fishwick Professor of English, Emeritus, at Roanoke College in Salem Virginia. He has devoted much of his professional life to writing about Northrop Frye and editing his work. He wrote and edited over twenty-five books on Frye, including eleven volumes of his Collected Works.
Introduction Abbreviations and Short Titles 1 Frye and the Mahayana Sutras Frye and the East The Sutras The Lankavatara Sutra The Avatamsaka Sutra The Translation of Ideas Holism and Interpenetration The Avatamsaka Sutra Revisited The Incarnation and Interpenetration 2 Frye and Niccolo Machiavelli "Machiavellian" in English Renaissance Drama Virtu Hypocrisy Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and Hypocrisy Upward 3 Frye and Francois Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel as an Anatomy Rhythm Giantism and Allegory The Seattle Illumination and the Oracle of the Bottle Creative Descent 4 Frye and Jacob Boehme Blake and Boehme The Deification of the Void Nothing: Boehme, Eckhart, and The Cloud of Unknowing Schematic Thinking and the Kabbalah Numbers and Synchronicity Coincidentia Oppositorum 5 Frye and G.W.F. Hegel Appropriating Hegel as a Student Dialectic The Hegelian Aufhebung Aufhebung at Work Ladder Levels of Meaning 6 Frye and Samuel Taylor Coleridge Logos and the One Big Book The Imagination Interpenetration Aphorism 7 Frye and Thomas Carlyle The Diagrammatic Basis of Thought Work The Hero and Heroism Symbolism 8 Frye and John Stuart Mill Liberty Liberalism Coda: The Opposition 9 Frye and Jane Ellen Harrison Frye's Reading of the Cambridge Classicists The Cambridge School and the Context of Archetypal Criticism Dromena: Things Done Eniautos Daimon From Fluttering Female to Wise Woman 10 Frye and Elizabeth Fraser: Her Letters to Him Works Cited Notes Index