Northrop Frye Frank Kermode - Essay

Frank Kermode

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The one thing certain about modern criticism is that there is too much of it, and it is only rarely that one can say of a practitioner that he cannot safely be left unread. But one has to say it of Frye; ever since the publication, in 1957, of An Anatomy of Criticism, we have been trying to come to terms with him, and he has been writing a succession of shorter books to help us do so. Shakespeare's final plays have always been important to his theory, and he has now devoted to them a series of lectures [A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance] which should enable us to make up our minds. (p. 10)

According to Frye, we must not confuse the experience of...

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