Northrop Frye's Notebooks on Romance

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University of Toronto Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 503 pages
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Romance was a theme that ran through much of Northrop Frye's corpus, and his notebooks and typed notes on the subject are plentiful. This unpublished material, written between 1944 and 1989, traces a remarkable re-evaluation in his thinking over the course of time. As a young scholar, Frye insisted that romance was an expression of cultural decadence; however, in his later years, he thought of it as "the structural core of all fiction."

The unpublished material Michael Dolzani has gathered for Northrop Frye's Notebooks on Romance shows how the pattern and conventions of romance inform the writing of history, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. While Frye is best known for his writing on myth and biblical scholarship, he himself eventually conceived of romance as the true and equal contrary to myth and scripture, a "secular scripture" whose message is de te fabula, "this story is about you." Given the current popular revival of romance in fiction and film, the appearance of Frye's unpublished work on romance is of profound importance.

  

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Contents

Preface
xi
Abbreviations
xvii
Published and Forthcoming Notebooks
lix
Notebook
3
Notebook
21
Notebook
31
Notebook
33
Notebook
41
Notes 5412
211
Notes 544
251
Notes 548
265
Notes 5410
271
Notes 581
295
Notes 5411
306
Notes 543
317
Notes 554
329

Notebook 32
90
Notebook
123
Notes
182
Appendix
375
Index
465
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About the author (2004)

The late Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto. MICHAEL DOLZANI is Professor of English at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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