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The Scholar in Society: Northrop Frye in Conversation ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524637
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  William Brind, D.B. Jones, Barrie Howells
Directors:  Donald Winkler
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Literature, Documentary, Education, English, Literature, Professional Development, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1984
Running Time:  28m 12s


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This film interview affords a glimpse of a bold and learned mind illuminating important social issues. Responding to questions on the related topics of language, democracy, and the role of the modern university, acclaimed literary critic Northrop Frye explains why education is crucial: 'A democracy cannot function without articulate citizens.' Frye claims that the university is a place where individual liberty becomes possible, as students learn to question beliefs imposed by society. For Frye, reading and writing are 'instruments of freedom.'

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