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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24987

Title: The Common Ground of Frye and McLuhan
Authors: Guardiani, Francesco
Keywords: Northrop Frye
Marshall McLuhan
Theory of Culture
Theory of Literature
Literary Criticism
Anthropology
Typographic Culture
Electric Culture
Electronic culture
Canadian Culture
University of Toronto
Bruce Powe
Canadian Imagination
David Staines
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Online journal "McLuhan Studies"
Citation: 33. "The Common Ground of Frye and McLuhan." New McLuhan Studies 2.1(1996). Journal in electronic format(http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/mcluhan-studies/v1_iss1/1_1art12.htm). 8,573 words (approx 26 pages).
Abstract: To show how a useful critical interaction can be established between the two men’s theories, my first point is based on their individual perception of the Canadian cultural identity. Both critics expressed and repeated their views on the subject a great number of times. The convergence of Frye and McLuhan on the definition of the essence of Canadian culture is only an indication of their shared concern with social issues. For both, this concern derives from a multi-dimensional mode of perception in their respective fields of study. To be sure, Frye always insisted that he was only a literary critic and never went out of bounds, in the sense that he never made a statement on culture at large that wasn’t founded on literature. The case of McLuhan is different. All his perceptions are focused on the common matrix of all human artifacts, that he called indifferently media or technologies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24987
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