Mimesis

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$33.95
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$24.18
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.55
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 57%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (19) from $14.55   
  • New (7) from $20.00   
  • Used (12) from $14.55   

Overview


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition of the same name, organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Abundant color photos accompany information-packed text covering the biology and evolution of whales, dolphins, and porpoises; the challenges of research; conservation; and whales and people--Greek and Minoan civilizations, the Tlingit, 19th-century New England, and the Eskimo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520084599
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author


Gunter Gebauer and Christoph Wulf are Professors in the Center for Historical Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin and the authors of several works of literary and cultural criticism. Don Reneau is a translator and writer in Berkeley, California.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Point of Departure 9
Pt. I Mimesis as Imitation, the Production of Appearances, and Fiction 25
2 On the Origins of the Concept 27
3 Imitation, Illusion, Image (Plato) 31
4 The Break in the History of Mimesis: The Use of Writing 45
5 Poetic Mimesis (Aristotle) 53
Pt. II Mimesis as Imitatio, the Expression of Power, and Literate Subjectivity 61
6 Mimesis as Imitatio 64
7 Poetics and Power in the Renaissance 76
8 Intertextuality, Fragmentation, Desire: Erasmus, Montaigne, Shakespeare 89
Pt. III Mimesis as Enactment of the State 105
9 The Conflict Over History: The Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes 107
10 Mimesis as the Self-Representation of Political Power 120
11 Against Mimesis as Self-Representation 134
Pt. IV From Imitation to the Constitution of the Creative Subject 151
12 Problems in the Imitation of Nature in the Eighteenth Century 155
13 Mimesis in the Theater of the Enlightenment 164
14 Diderot's Paradox of Acting 174
15 The Transformation of Mimesis in Lessing 186
16 Self-Mimesis (Rousseau) 206
Pt. V Mimesis as the Principle of Worldmaking in the Novel and Society 217
17 The Mimetic Constitution of Social Reality 221
18 "Mimetic Desire" in the Work of Girard 233
19 Violence in Antiromantic Literature 240
20 The Mimesis of Violence (Girard) 255
Pt. VI Mimesis as Entree to the World, Language, and Writing 267
21 Nonsensuous Similarity: On the Linguistic Anthropology of Benjamin 269
22 Vital Experience (Adorno) 281
23 The Between-Character of Mimesis (Derrida) 294
Results 310
Notes 321
Bibliography 369
Index 391
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)