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The Great Code: The Bible and Literature Paperback – November 11, 2002
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My major disappointment with the book is that it grandly ignores Jacques Derrida and the deconstructionist critique of Frye's assumptions about the relationship between language and life, Word and presence. He mentions Derrida in the intro (the book appeared in 1981) and hints at a counterargument, but I would have liked to see him follow through, since their brand of criticism aims squarely at Frye's type of reading. Those with a more historical interest in the Bible will also balk at Frye's acceptance of the book as a unity, endorsing the misreading that turned the rich and varied texts of the Hebrew Torah into a vast typological waiting room for the Christian Messiah.
Still, this is a powerful interpretation that anyone with an interest in myth and religion should greatly enjoy.
This great text is an all-time classic that will appeal to the scholar and the layperson alike.
Frye is an amazing syncretist. I have never read any author other than Frye who can slip in and out of various disciplines so easily,and all the while weaving a "seamless web" of an argument that is logically structured and beautifully written. I realize that some statements in the text may offend conservative readers, but overall, the book is neutral regarding any matter of systemic doctrine or denominationally specific exegetical concerns. If anything, Frye's text offers the highest praise for the Bible
by showing how the language and imagery of the KJV penetrates all aspects of western literary and intellectual culture.
The first part of the book consists of a highly condensed theory of language which Frye employs in the second half. I found this part just as useful, yet often elided in critical reviews. According to Frye, his own ideas are highly influenced by Vico's "Scienza Nuova" which posits the idea of a cyclical theory of language wherein each human epoch uses language in a unique, irreducible way.Read more ›
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I recently finished this book and still haven't lost the sensation and the sweet taste of the author style. A very special one indeed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Odysseus at home
After his "Anatomy of Criticism" (the very best and most important work of Canadian critic Northrop Frye, IMHO), and "Fearful Symmetry", add this book to your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. A. I.
Not a novel, but a great book explaining how literature is nurtured by the Bible.Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Ramirez
Note: This review takes a look at Frye’s remarkable book on the Bible as a literary work. Frye steers clear of any preaching or evangelizing in this work and everything I have read... Read morePublished 7 months ago by David W. Riemer
Amazon forced me to select stupid options in my review. The Great Code isn't a novel but rather one of the best scholarly analyses of the Bible as literature by a premier... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamela S.
This wonderful book really enhanced my ability to appreciate the Bible on deeper levels. Frye writes about how the Bible is a poetic, metaphoric, mythic, and universal work with... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Nancy E. Deren
This is an illuminating book which reveals the architecture of Western literature and its seminal relationship with the Bible. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by David Amezcua Gómez
"The result, then, of what is now called the historical-critical method was an understanding of the Bible as a collection of historically conditioned documents, reflecting the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2006 by Didaskalex