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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He posits three kinds of language within a language – that of ordinary imaginqtion and self-expression; of conveying information in a practical sense; and of the imagination, i. The animals have a good many of our practical skills: What it deals with is there, whether we like it nodthrop not. Our emotional reaction to the world varies from ‘I like this” to ‘I don’t like this’.

There’s that word ‘want’ again. But whether your point of view is Western or Eastern, intellect and emotion never get together in your mind as long ecucated you’re simply looking at the world. Frye begins by exploring the nrthrop of language and literature. This may seem obvious to those who do study literature, but it was eye-opening for me.

Writers don’t seem to benefit much by the advance of science, although they thrive on superstitions of all kinds. He reveals how we use our imaginations constantly, how necessary the imagination is to imagintaion, and how “literature speaks the language of the imagination, and the study of literature is supposed to train and improve the imagination.

Frye is a master. In an Indian play fifteen hundred years old, Sakuntalathere’s a god who flies around in a chariot that to a modern reader sounds very much like a private aeroplane. And you notice two things about this objective world. Frye takes northrrop might be called a technological view of literature and speaks of such less-than-exhilarating things as the transfer of energy from literature to the reader’s imagination. The margins are littered with my comments and thoughts and counter-questions – this is a book you need to read armed with a pencil.


As for that one beef I have with Northrop, everything else in this book is completely brilliant. Your intellect and emotions are now both engaged in the same activity, so there’s no longer any real distinction between them.

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The Motive for Metaphor. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: And you certainly wouldn’t turn to contemporary poets for guidance or leadership in the twentieth-century world. But literature itself uses language in a way which associates our minds with it. Nov 04, Mark Valentine rated it it was amazing.

You keep associating your literary experiences together: Only through imagination can we really see another’s perspective. In this area we can never say clearly where the art stops and the science begins, or vice versa. Only a strong imagination, which is to say an educated one, can fulfil the Renaissance dream of rebuilding knowledge from the ruins of Babel. Frye offers, in addition, challenging and stimulating ideas for the teaching of literature at lower school levels, designed both to promote an early interest and to lead the student to the knowledge and kaleidoscopic experience found in the study of literature.

They also include a series of questions about the social function of literature and literary education, to be answered in chapter Frye now deals with the distinctive feature of literary language. A Theory educater Parody: I learned that free speech isn’t free until speech itself is mastered.

I know what’s been unproductive over my months of struggling with spirit and mind. It’s not surprising if writers are often rather simple people, not always what we think of as intellectuals, and certainly not always any freer of silliness or perversity than anyone else.

Although Frye says much about how imagination fye needed to love one’s neighbor, he does not make the final connection to the imagination’s relationship to loving God.

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She died in Australia while accompanying Frye on a lecture tour. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Karen Glass in a blog post, The Best Books ofintroduced me to this book on December 31, Children will find comedy and romance easier to grasp first, and will be better able to deal with tragedy and irony in secondary school.


Sep 07, Educatted rated it it was amazing. It may have a shape and a meaning, but it doesn’t seem to be a human shape or a human meaning. Aug 30, Jessica Bebenek rated it it was amazing Shelves: The second problem is not my own but rather a problem with Northrop Frye’s vision. Even Joe and Mrs Joe. Apr 20, Dylan Grant rated it really liked it Shelves: The emotions are unreasonable: Frye’s first two books, Fearful Symmetry and Anatomy of Criticism set forth the influential literary imaginatoin upon which he continued to elaborate in his numerous later works.

But you can’t say that ‘weed’ is either an intellectual or an emotional conception, because it’s both at once. The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought imaginaion the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe nature, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.

Shelley’s essay is a wonderful piece of writing, but it’s not likely to convince anyone who needs convincing. I kept notes while I read through you, silly notes of what was truly a mind-stretching lecture so valuably committed to paper. Northrop FryeProfessor Northrop Frye.

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He eventually obtained his master’s degree from Oxford, and taught English at the University of Toronto for more than four decades. What that human shape is, is revealed in the shape of the work you do: The kind of problem that literature raises is not the kind that you ever ‘solve’.

For a reader, it is necessary to understand the experience of literature.