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


1) University of Toronto Quarterly's "The Future of Northrop Frye: Centennial Perspectives" (Guest Editors: Germaine Warkentin and Linda Hutcheon)
Announcing the release of "The Future of Northrop Frye: Centennial Perspectives" (University of Toronto Quarterly Volume 81, Number 1, Winter 2012).

This special issue of the UTQ celebrates the centennial of the birth of Northrop Frye in 1912. It was here that the young Frye published his first academic article in 1942. Projecting forward, not back, these essays look to the future of his ideas in the critical climate of the twenty-first century. The publication of Frye's Collected Works has brought about a serious reconsideration of his criticism and what it might have to say to the future—and not just that of literary studies. The essays explore the Frye canon afresh to reflect on what a critic of today finds challenging, provocative, and productive in the rich record of his criticism.

This special issue contains supplemental material including the watercolour portrait of Northrop Frye, painted by Canadian artist Jeffrey Sprang, a graduate of Victoria College and one of Frye's former students. The portrait depicts Frye at the blackboard in front of his lesson The Conspectus of Genres.

A full promotional flyer (which includes authors and essay titles, as well as a link to the issue) is available here: http://www.utpjournals.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/UTQ-81-1-Frye-issue-flyer.pdf

2) New DVD Series: Northrop Frye on the Bible and Literature
In 2012, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Northrop Frye, a globally distinguished literary theorist and one of the 20th century's most important thinkers. Providentially, an academic treasure for students of the humanities has just been recovered in the renowned Robarts Library at the University of Toronto – video recordings from 1982-83 of all of Frye's famous lectures on the Bible and Literature. These recordings have now been digitally restored and will be made available for acquisition by educators, libraries, institutions, and individuals as part of the Frye Centennial. More more information--which includes links to a fully-restored digitized version of Frye's first lecture--see the website, http://www.fryeonthebible.com/index.html

3) Knox College Seminar Series: Northrop Frye - Einstein of the Verbal Universe (August 20-24, 2012)
This year 2012 we are celebrating Northrop Frye's centennial 1912 - 2012. For an introduction to the life and work Frye we will use rare footage on DVD, clips of films, courses, lectures, etc. We will see Frye in action, conducting seminars on his now legendary Bible course, "The Bible and Literature," which Frye taught for over 40 years. The focus of this course is on Frye's revolutionary attitude to religion, politics and language; and how these three influences shape our real verbal universe through The Educated Imagination (CW vol.21) and Words With Power (CW vol. 26). For more information, please contact Nicholas W. Graham, President of the Northrop Frye Society (nicholas.graham@utoronto.ca).

4) THE EDUCATED IMAGINATION: A Website Dedicated to Northrop Frye
An active and stimulating consideration of Frye's germaneness to contemporary culture, hosted by McMaster University. See http://fryeblog.blog.lib.mcmaster.ca/about/

5) Northrop Frye on the Bible and Lit
Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends.  All the tools are there.  Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates.  If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'Northrop Frye on the Bible and Literature' happen.

6) Northrop Frye @ 100: A Centenary Exhibition Display Cases Biography

The online exhibition, Northrop Frye @ 100, is now up on the E.J. Pratt Library web page, in conjunction with the actual exhibition of materials, including manuscripts, photographs, annotated books and artifacts, located in the foyer and reading room of the Pratt Library.
The web exhibition can be viewed at: http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/exhibitions/nfrye100/