4/5 Stars (%78/100)
This is a very important book in archetypal literary criticism. Even though there are a lot of generalization, vague explanation, and sometimes a lack of examples, it still managed to make archetypal criticism much more important. Inspired by Frazer and Jung, Frye develops his own theories and explains his literary techniques. It is also great that from the beginning, he accepts his weaknesses and knows that people are going to criticize him. Yet, he managed to inspire many scholars including Joseph Campbell, a major figure in archetypal criticism. I think this is a great book. It is easy to read, well-organized, and full of useful information.