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Mimesis and the Human Animal: On the Biogenetic Foundations of Literary Representation
     

Mimesis and the Human Animal: On the Biogenetic Foundations of Literary Representation

by Robert Storey
 

In Mimesis and the Human Animal, Robert Storey argues that human culture derives from human biology and that literary representation therefore must have a biological basis. As he ponders the question "What does it mean to say that art imitates life?" he must consider both "What is life?" and "What is art?"

A unique approach to the subject of mimesis,

Overview

In Mimesis and the Human Animal, Robert Storey argues that human culture derives from human biology and that literary representation therefore must have a biological basis. As he ponders the question "What does it mean to say that art imitates life?" he must consider both "What is life?" and "What is art?"

A unique approach to the subject of mimesis, Storey's book goes beyond the politicizing of literature grounded in literary theory to develop a scientific basis for the creation of literature and art.

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"[S]ucceeds in showing that for scholars of literature with a truly theoretical bent, study of the biological and behavioral sciences can provide a solid foundation for promising interdisciplinary literary research." —World Literature Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810114586
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/16/1996
Series:
Rethinking Theory Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Storey is professor of English at Temple University. His previous books are Pierrot: A Critical History of a Mask and Pierrots on the Stage of Desire: Nineteenth-Century French Literary Artists and the Comic Pantomime.

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