A Conference in Honour of Northrop Frye on the Centenary of His Birth

October 4,5,6, 2012 | Victoria University in the University of Toronto


Twenty years after his death, Northrop Frye, the author of Fearful Symmetry and Anatomy of Criticism, continues to be one of the most read and the most quoted of literary critics. His attention to form, specifically to genre and mode, and his understanding of literature as a totality have directly influenced two later generations of critics, including Hayden White, Fredric Jameson, and Franco Moretti. In order to celebrate this ongoing legacy, the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Frye's home throughout his career, have organized a three-day symposium in his honour.

Keynote speakers:
Ian Balfour, York University, author of Northrop Frye (1988), The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy (2002)
Robert Bringhurst, poet, author of A Story As Sharp As a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (1999) and Selected Poetry (2009)
J. Edward Chamberlin, University of Toronto, author of Come Back to Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies (1993) and If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? (2003)
Michael Dolzani, Baldwin-Wallace College, editor of Frye's Notebooks
Gordon Teskey Harvard University, author of Delirious Milton (2006); Allegory and Violence (1996)

Alan Bewell, Chair, Department of English
Neil ten Kortenaar, Director, Centre for Comparative Literature
Germaine Warkentin; Professor, Department of English
Andrea Charise, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English


This event is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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