Frye Among (Postcolonial) Schoolchildren: The Educated Imagination

  • John Willinsky

Abstract

Résumé: Selon l'auteur, l'ouvrage de Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination, permet d'étudier l'influence persistante et paradoxale de l'idéologie impérialiste sur l'enseignement de la littérature. À la lumière de travaux d'étudiants du secondaire, il examine différents thèmes caractéristiques de l'impérialisme, tels ceux des îles désertes, de l'identité de l'Autre, de la place du Canada, etc. afin de montrer à quel point la distinction Est-Ouest et le clivage entre la civilisation et le monde primitif perdurent et fiissent par définir cet apprentissage de la littérature même si les étudiants eux-mêmes rejettent l'impérialisme. Summary: This paper argues that Northrop Frye's book, The Educated Imagination, provides the means of examining the lingering influence of imperialism on the way we teach literature to the young. Using instances drawn from the responses to the book by high school students, the paper reviews the themes which Frye develops of uninhabited islands, being outside and other, the place of Canada, and the work of literature to show how the divide between West and East, civilized and primitive, continues to define the critical work of this discipline, even as they are taken up and resisted by students using Frye's vision of the educated imagination.
Published
2007-12-26
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