Mimesis

Mimesis

by Gunter Gebauer, Christopher Wulf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520084594

ISBN-13: 9780520084599

Pub. Date: 01/30/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


Mimesis, the notion that art imitates reality, has long been recognized as one of the central ideas of Western aesthetics and has been most frequently associated with Aristotle. Less well documented is the great importance of mimetic theories of literature, theater, and the visual arts during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In this book, the most…  See more details below

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Mimesis, the notion that art imitates reality, has long been recognized as one of the central ideas of Western aesthetics and has been most frequently associated with Aristotle. Less well documented is the great importance of mimetic theories of literature, theater, and the visual arts during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In this book, the most comprehensive overview of the theory of mimesis since Auerbach's monumental study, Gunter Gebauer and Christoph Wulf provide a thorough introduction to the complex and shifting meanings of the term. Beginning with the Platonic doctrine of imitation, they chart the concept's appropriation and significance in the aesthetic theories of Aristotle, Molière, Shakespeare, Racine, Diderot, Lessing, and Rousseau. They examine the status of mimesis in the nineteenth-century novel and its reworking by such modern thinkers as Benjamin, Adorno, and Derrida. Widening the traditional understanding of mimesis to encompass the body and cultural practices of everyday life, their work suggests the continuing value of mimetic theory and will prove essential reading for scholars and students of literature, theater, and the visual arts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520084599
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/30/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Point of Departure9
Pt. IMimesis as Imitation, the Production of Appearances, and Fiction25
2On the Origins of the Concept27
3Imitation, Illusion, Image (Plato)31
4The Break in the History of Mimesis: The Use of Writing45
5Poetic Mimesis (Aristotle)53
Pt. IIMimesis as Imitatio, the Expression of Power, and Literate Subjectivity61
6Mimesis as Imitatio64
7Poetics and Power in the Renaissance76
8Intertextuality, Fragmentation, Desire: Erasmus, Montaigne, Shakespeare89
Pt. IIIMimesis as Enactment of the State105
9The Conflict Over History: The Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes107
10Mimesis as the Self-Representation of Political Power120
11Against Mimesis as Self-Representation134
Pt. IVFrom Imitation to the Constitution of the Creative Subject151
12Problems in the Imitation of Nature in the Eighteenth Century155
13Mimesis in the Theater of the Enlightenment164
14Diderot's Paradox of Acting174
15The Transformation of Mimesis in Lessing186
16Self-Mimesis (Rousseau)206
Pt. VMimesis as the Principle of Worldmaking in the Novel and Society217
17The Mimetic Constitution of Social Reality221
18"Mimetic Desire" in the Work of Girard233
19Violence in Antiromantic Literature240
20The Mimesis of Violence (Girard)255
Pt. VIMimesis as Entree to the World, Language, and Writing267
21Nonsensuous Similarity: On the Linguistic Anthropology of Benjamin269
22Vital Experience (Adorno)281
23The Between-Character of Mimesis (Derrida)294
Results310
Notes321
Bibliography369
Index391

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