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University of Toronto St. George
Vikki Visvis

ENG252Y1 – LECTURE NOTES ENG252Y1 September 9, 2013 Introduction:  "where is here?"; question in Northrop Frye’s essay  suggests that the question that Canadians ask themselves is that  considered central themes in 19th century - 1965 literature  inspired a group of critics  thematic movement in the 70s  Frye argues that the reluctant to speak is key in strangled articulateness  nature is big in the 19th century; seen a malevolent force  nature is unpredictable and vast  expansive space of the nation is fearful  "nature the monster"  nature is personified in Canadian literature; seems indifferent to our plight  nature terrorizes because of its existentialism because it makes us feel insignificant  Frye also argues colonial mentality  we're connected to Britain, something bigger and better than us  also deals with disconnect, exile which is connected to the lateral world, the natural world is unfamiliar  colonial mentality also deals with the fear of extinction, from Britain  garrison mentality exhibits feelings of unworthiness and uselessness  you're unworthy because you're not the centre of power  garrison mentality = deals with fortification o barrier; military installations o Frye believed that forts were kept to keep threats out o deals with natives and the natural world  we assume we're safe  forts weren’t a means of protection but also influenced the "Canadian imagination" = how we see ourselves and each other  influenced oppositional thinking; anticipating a threat  us versus them; allies versus enemies  Frye thinks that this thinking influences how we see ourselves in relation to one another = civilized vs. uncivilized, Canadian vs. American, French vs. English  another element of garrison mentality is conformity  military is a metaphor; everybody thinks the same  Frye thinks that it offered an explanation for the aesthetic explanation of Canadian literature  believed that Canada hadn’t yet produced a range of good literature in 1965  we did
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