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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Frye’s gift is his own sentences. Aug 23, Vadim rated it really liked it. Of course, when you think about it, the latter implies far educzted intention.

The Educated Imagination

You’d be better to read the book itself. Even this early in his career, he shows off his intellectual muscle.

Wherever illiteracy is a problem, it’s as fundamental a problem as getting enough to eat or a place to sleep. His mother educated him at home until the fourth grade. But people don’t get into planes because they want to fly; they get into planes because they want to get somewhere else faster. For a reader, it is necessary to understand the experience of literature.

Lists with This Book. I’m disappointed Do you ever read a book, but can’t recall how or why it landed on your TBR list? If a child’s games or tales hold symbolic elements that are also within literary convention I knew nothing, or at least believed I did — or was afraid to believe in my grasp of anything at all. Frye’s proposals for the teaching of literature include an early emphasis on poetry, the “central and original literary form,” intensive study of the Bible, as literature, and the Greek and Latin classics, as these embody all the great enduring themes of western man, and study of the great literary forms: It was a bit too much like a university level book.


It raises questions that will not be answered until Frye has set out a general theory of literature. Naturally, arguments build one upon the other, and I would be setting myself a horrendous task to try to describe them in brief. May 06, CreativelyRed rated it it was ok. He posits three kinds of language within a language – that of ordinary conversation and self-expression; of conveying information in a practical sense; and of the imagination, i. Our impressions of human life are picked up one by one, and remain for most of us loose and disorganized.

That’s overly simplified and there’s no doubt a better way of summing it up, but that’s what I’ve come up with. 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. Cliches, crudities, mob-talk become the vernacular of the Totalitarian.

I really enjoyed this book! With education comes not just the ability to express yourself articulately but to really see the world around you, and understand it.

Frye will help structure and inspire your already healthy instinct to defend the study of literature.

Imaginwtion 04, Mark Valentine rated it it was amazing. The first page asks the question which Frye I was impelled to finally finish this book because of its relevance to ideas raised by David Hicks in Norms and Nobility.

Many animals and insects have this social form too, but man knows that he has it: I i,agination that free speech isn’t free until speech itself is mastered.

We’ve already called this the language of practical sense. One of the important foundations of Northrop’s argument is that there is a sort of pre-rational, mystical, and almost animistic view of the world that Literature seeks to return us to.

Every child realizes that literature is taking him in a different direction from the immediately useful, and a good many children complain loudly about this. Northrop Frye, who passed away inwas one of the great minds of literary criticism and theory.


Aug 30, Jessica Bebenek rated it it was amazing Shelves: The other thing I loved about this lecture was how he validates having and using our imaginations, not relegating them to the realm of fantasy or child’s play.

And any teacher really. For a literary critic, Frye writes simply and poetically, and I was surprised by how quick and good to read and soul-filling this book is. I kept turning omagination and finding my marks on the pages.

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This time around I found Frye to be very straightforward and accessible in his discussion of eye-opening ideas. There is no real harmony between the two, says Northrop. You’d hardly go to Ezra Pound, with his fascism and social credit and Confucianism and anti-semitism.

He identifies three different uses of language, which he also terms types or levels of language. I know what’s been unproductive over my months of struggling with spirit and mind. I did like how he said we always look to make what we read real and make connections. It’s the process of adapting to the environment, or rather of transforming the environment in the interests of one species, that goes on among animals and plants as well as human beings.

Children will find comedy and romance easier to grasp first, and will be better able to deal with tragedy and irony in secondary school. Refresh and try again. What Stevens calls the weight of primary noon, the A B C of being, and the dominant X is the objective world, the world set over against us.

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