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Joseph Adamson

Joseph Adamson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature a McMaster University. His research and teaching interests are wide-ranging. He is the author of Modern Poetry and Deconstruction (1988), Northrop Frye: A Visionary Life (1993), Melville, Shame and the Evil Eye (1997), and (with Hilary Clark) co-editor of Scenes of Shame (1999), a collection of essays on the intersection of literature, shame, and the emotions. He has published numerous articles and essays on literary theory and on nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction and poetry. Dr. Adamson is also co-editor (with Jean Wilson) of "The Secular Scripture" and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976-1991, vol. 18 of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye. He is currently working on a book-length study of emotion and literature.

Bio last modified April 30th, 2018.

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Northrop Frye

“Now religion and art are the two most important phenomena in the world …. They constitute, in fact, the only reality of existence.” Northrop Frye, one of the country’s most eminent thinkers, devoted his life to a study of literature and culture that was deeply rooted in the Bible.