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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In my own life, imagination plays its most critical role as at least a part of “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen,” and I closed the book wishing that Frye had applied his brilliant insights to this area of imagination as well. Notify me of new comments via email.

While I copied several quotes, I continue to struggle to give a short synopsis of his thoughts on literature. I know what’s been unproductive over my months of struggling with spirit and mind. My, my, aren’t we frhe gung-ho little English major? Edducated, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. So we find that everything that does improve, including science, leaves the literary artist out in the cold. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I know it is probably ar I only had two problems with this brilliantly insightful book.


This human society after a while will transform the island into something with a human shape. Until then, the prophetic ffye of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by Born in Quebec but raised in New Brunswick, Frye studied at the University of Toronto and Victoria University. What is the function of the teacher and scholar, or of the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic?


In this area we can never say clearly where the art stops and the science begins, or vice versa. Literary criticism Volume 88 of Midland book. I will re-read this book at least once per year. We exist in an outer world that is objectively meaningless and full of essentially dead, impersonal things.

He discovers immediately that he wants more education, and he wants it in the same way that a starving man wants food. One enters the educatfd dimension, mentioned in the previous chapter, and rises finally to an overview that Frye describes in semi-religious language:. I love this lovely series of lectures that Frye gave in – the second Massey Lectures edhcated his notion of the educated imagination is such a robust and vigorous idea – and I am using it as the frame for my summer course – it will be the perfect short text to use to begin to unpack my survey of children’s literature texts.

The novelists seem to be a little closer to the world they’re living in, imaginatlon not much.

Northrop Frye – The Educated Imagination

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His ideas, thoughts, feelings, associations, are all with barbarous manners, obsolete customs, and exploded superstitions. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: There are lots of great quotes, and it’s very readable, even if you don’t have a background in English Lit. Up to a point they do, but there’s a complicating factor.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Educated Imagination. Imagination gives us the ability to aim for a political, social, or educational ideal that is not currently happening in front of our immediate senses. And you notice two things about this objective world. Common terms and phrases Achilles allegory Anansi arts Atwood become believe Bible Blake called Canada Canadian Classical cliches comedy consciousness conventions cultural D.

We may have dramatists in the future who will write plays as good as King Learthough they’ll be very different ones, but drama as a whole will never get better than King Lear. 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.

Northrop Frye – The Educated Imagination

Here are some gems I gathered: It was a bit too much like a university level book. Nortjrop kept notes while I read through you, silly notes of what was truly a mind-stretching lecture so valuably committed to paper.

Aug 23, Vadim rated it really liked it. I recommend this to every breathing human being.

When language implies an identification of the speaker and the object, it becomes metaphoric.