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The Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was a remarkably learned and boldly imaginative writer who thought deeply and passionately about the most pressing social and cultural issues of his century. During the final years of his life he published three books on the Bible and its relationship to Western literary traditions.

The gulf between Frye's imaginative universe and that of contemporary biblical scholarship is so great, however, that his efforts have had little effect upon the ways in which the Bible is read within religious studies. The latest issue of Semeia, entitled Northrop Frye and the Afterlife of the Word, seeks to build a first bridge across this gulf. It offers essays that are alternately sympathetic to and critical of Frye's late work in the hope that we might begin to take better measure of this work's significance for our hermeneutic relationship to the Bible today.



— James Kee

Associate Professor

Department of English

Holy Cross College

Worcester, MA

Citation: James Kee, " Northrop Frye Special Issue of Semeia," SBL Forum , n.p. [cited May 2005]. Online:http://sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleID=80

 
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