Mimesis and Its Romantic Reflections

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"In Romantic theories of art and literature, the notion of mimesis - defined as art's refection of the external world - became introspective and self-reflexive as poets and artists sought to represent the act of creativity itself. Frederick Burwick seeks to elucidate this Romantic aesthetic, first by offering an understanding of key Romantic mimetic concepts and then by analyzing manifestations of the mimetic process in literary works of the period."--BOOK JACKET.
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Defining mimesis as art's reflection of the external world, Burwick (English, U. of California-Los Angeles) explores the Romantic version, which became introspective and self-reflexive as poets and artists sought to represent the act of creation itself. He looks at art for art's sake and related concepts in light of philosophical theories, then examines manifestations of it in some better known works of the period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“One walks away from this book with a strong sense of gratitude for a scholar and critic whose command of traditional texts and current literary theory is strong enough to persuade us that the highest literary scholarship and theoretical dexterity can work the same street.”
—Peter Brier, European Romantic Review

“Frederick Burwick’s erudite book should be commended first and foremost for its lucidity of argument and elegance of style.

Reading this book feels like being taken on a comprehensive, comparative tour of European and British cross-cultural aesthetic thinking during the Romantic period. . . . A warmly recommended study.”
—Heidi Thomson, Yearbook of English Studies

“A rich and meticulous study. With range and rigor, Burwick probes the origins—philosophical, aesthetic, and literary—of developing subjectivist mimeses in the literature and theory of the Romantic period.”
—John L. Mahoney, Boston College

“The study would be benefited from the addition of a short concluding chapter, but Burwick’s well-researched and engaging text deserves serious attention as a significant challenge to traditional conceptions of mimesis in romanticism.”
—Ben P. Robertson, South Central Review

“Competing or mirrored narratives are shown to call into question the nature of storytelling itself, but Burwick’s discussion of this relatively familiar narratological point in these works is original and concise. His book mirrors and renews a strain of analysis in Romantic literature, giving—one might as well say—much food for reflection.”
—David E. Latané, Jr., South Atlantic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271020372
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Burwick is Professor of English at the University of California-Los Angeles. His previous books include Illusion and the Drama: Critical Theory of the Enlightenment and Romantic Era (1991) and Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination (1996), both published by Penn State Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Art for Art's Sake 17
2 Mimesis and the Idem et Alter 45
3 Mimesis of the Mind 77
4 Mimesis, Ekphrasis, Crisis 107
5 Reflections in the Mirror 135
6 Mimesis and the Twice-told Tale 161
Bibliography 185
Index 197
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