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Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - New and Expanded Edition

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691160221
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2013
Series: Princeton Classics , #1
Edition description: New and Expanded
Pages: 616
Sales rank: 298,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Erich Auerbach, before his death in 1957, was Sterling Professor of Romance Languages at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition ix
1.Odysseus' Scar 3
2.Fortunata 24
3.The Arrest of Peter Valvomeres 50
4.Sicharius and Chramnesindus 77
5.Roland Against Ganelon 96
6.The Knight Sets Forth 123
7.Adam and Eve 143
8.Farinata and Cavalcante 174
9.Frate Alberto 203
10.Madame Du Chastel 232
11.The World in Pantagruel's Mouth 262
12.L'Humaine Condition 285
13.The Weary Prince 312
14.The Enchanted Dulcinea 334
15.The Faux Dévot 359
16.The Interrupted Supper 395
17.Miller the Musician 434
18.In the Hôtel de la Mole 454
19.Germinie Lacerteux 493
20.The Brown Stocking 525
Epilogue 554
Appendix 559
Index 575

What People are Saying About This

Stephen Greenblatt

Written in exile, from what Auerbach called with grave irony his 'incomparable historical vantage point,' Mimesis is a magnificent achievement. For me, as for many others, this hugely ambitious, wise account of the representation of reality in Western literature, at once a celebration and a lament, is one of the essential works of literary criticism.

Michael Dirda

Every student of literature should know Mimesis, arguably the single greatest work of 20th-century criticism. How do writers—from Homer and Dante to Stendhal and Virginia Woolf—depict the world? To explore this question, Erich Auerbach brings to bear the authority of truly encyclopedic learning and the persuasiveness of a supple, humane literary intelligence. Yes, Mimesis is magisterial, but it is also thrilling to read, inspiring, and more relevant than ever: A masterpiece.

Fredric R. Jameson

To describe Mimesis as a classic is to offer something of a dismissive understatement, which conveys nothing of the excitement of this book, as fresh and direct, as untechnical, as when it first appeared. To say that it constitutes virtually a history of Western literature is to omit adding that it writes that history in a way that is still new and stimulating, with nothing of the manual about it, a synchronic kind of history with which we are only just now catching up. It is also important to stress the novel relationship Auerbach establishes between sentence or syntax and narrative form; and the world-wide democratic perspective in which he framed his work which has only become visible since globalization. Mimesis is certainly one of the half dozen most important literary-critical works of the twentieth century.

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