Paul Fry

William Lampson Professor of English, Yale University

Paul H. Fry is the William Lampson Professor of English and has taught at Yale since 1971. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph. D. from Harvard. His primary areas of specialization are British romanticism, the history of literary criticism, contemporary literary theory, and literature in relation to the visual arts. The Poet’s Calling in the English Ode (Yale, 1980) received the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society in America.He was Director of Graduate Studies in the English department for nine years and Master of Ezra Stiles College for seven. Since 2008 he has been Director of Graduate Studies in English again. He served as member and Chair of the Region II Committee for the Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities for twenty-five years.He is the 2011 winner of the Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teaching Award offered by the Kennedy Center for the Arts. His lecture course, “Introduction to Literary Theory,” can be viewed on OpenYale. He is Executive Co-Chair of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and its national counterpart, the Yale National Initiative, in which he has led summer seminars for seven years. He began life as a painter and hopes to come full circle.

Participant In:

The Sublime Experience

Saturday, February 7, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Prior to the eighteenth century, and before Edmund Burke’s foundational treatise, the sublime was understood as beauty and greatness beyond measure. Subsequently, awe, the emotion classically associated with the sublime, was given new psychological depth and even physiological dimensions, bringing fear and the grotesque into aesthetic considerations of the sublime. In Kantian aesthetics, the sublime… read more »

Art and Science: The Two Cultures Converging

December 1-3, 2017

Past Event

Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the… read more »