Saturday, July 4, 2009

Anole of Criticism

This short post interrupted other things I was writing. Specifically, I was trying to draft out notes towards a statement on the dissolution or perpetuation of novelty, the absurdity that techniques are considered experimental in writing decades or centuries after first applied to a language's literatures, and how fear is not a response to the unknown, but actually to the displeasing known.

I discovered, in the midst of that, that Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism is, apparently, entirely online and available free. People should know this, just as people should know most of Nabakov's collected oral lectures are available through Google right now.

Once I've slipped my ruminations into a more thorough structure and forced fluidity (or is that forceable?) and that will appear here (or above this, at any rate). Until then, just read the Frye, enjoy what's worthwhile in it, and laugh at what's horribly pretentious or unexpectedly (and apocalyptically) outdated.

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