By Robert D. Denham
Eminent Northrop Frye pupil Robert D. Denham explores the relationship among Frye and twelve writers who stimulated his considering yet approximately whom he didn’t write something expansive. Denham attracts specially on Frye’s notebooks and different formerly unpublished texts, now to be had within the "Collected Works of Frye." Such different thinkers as Aristotle, Lewis Carroll, Soren Kierkegaard, and Paul Tillich come to be very important figures in defining Frye’s cross-disciplinary pursuits. finally, the twelve “Others” of the name come to symbolize an area occupied via writers whose pursuits paralleled Frye’s and helped to set up his personal serious universe.
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Hegel’s use of Begriff or inspiration in his trip up the ladder of being and his view of dialectic as Aufhebung get pointed out in passing within the nice Code and phrases with energy, yet Hegel and Hegelianism are pointed out within the notebooks greater than 220 occasions, and Frye proclaims in laptop fifty three, “The rush of principles i am getting from Hegel’s Phenomenology is so super i will infrequently stay alongside of it” (CW 6: 631). somewhere else, Frye provides an eloquent testimony to Hegel as “the nice thinker of anabasis” (CW nine: 89) and to Phenomenology of Spirit because the “tremendous philosophical masterpiece” that via its upward push eventually abolishes the space among topic and item (CW four: 194). 134 hence, whereas Kierkegaard provided a critique of the Hegelian procedure since it used to be faraway from the lived existential adventure of way of life, Frye mined Hegel’s procedure for insights he may well acceptable for his personal use. nonetheless, as Merold Westphal argues, Kierkegaard was once by no means easily an anti-Hegelian. whereas he reviews Hegel, even as he “incorporate[s] Hegelian insights in order that the critique [is] an Aufhebung, a cancellation that preserves and a renovation that cancels” (103). REPETITION The earliest connection with Kierkegaard’s Repetition is in Frye’s diary access of 26 January 1952, the place he says that he's analyzing the ebook for the second one time, including wryly that “one wouldn’t count on a e-book with a reputation like that to yield a lot at the first studying” (CW eight: 488). he's commonly attracted to deciding upon the book’s style, which he makes a decision is a mix of the nineteenth-century existential anatomy and the confession, after the style of Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus. one hundred thirty five Frye isn't resistant to the problems that everybody faces in analyzing Kierkegaard, specially the “aesthetic” works with their layers of pseudonymous audio system: “The hassle is that he disguises the confession & methods the anatomy quizzically, so it’s not easy to determine simply what the hell he does suggest. Like his Victorian contemporaries in England, he has a stentorian censor at his elbow able to roar down any irony it doesn’t consider it might probably keep an eye on. through that I suggest that one has to tell apart irony inside a tradition from irony that threatens the conference. Or humor, maybe, much more than irony” (CW eight: 488–9). yet Frye concludes by means of remarking that Repetition “deals with my epic circle proposal, that the fundamental quest is cyclic, yet returns, to not an identical element, yet to an analogous element renewed and remodeled. in place of recollection, it’s the Protestant justification through religion rather than the Catholic sacramental repetition of considerable presence. no less than i feel it's: even if he [Kierkegaard] understands it or no longer is one other subject” (CW eight: 489). 136 under per week later, Frye reviews that during his graduate seminar he “tried to usher in Kierkegaard, equating having a look down the spirals of the tower along with his ‘recollection’ and looking out up along with his repetition or anagogical imaginative and prescient of all issues new” (CW eight: 495). the following Frye alternatives up at the significant contrast with which Kierkegaard’s e-book opens — the variation among recollection in Plato’s feel of anamnesis and repetition.