Rethinking Mimesis

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Rethinking Mimesis

Rethinking Mimesis

Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation

  • Author: Saija Isomaa,Sari Kivistö,Pirjo Lyytikäinen
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443839582
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 350
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Literary mimesis is an age-old concept which has been variously interpreted and at times highly contested, and which has recently been brought back to the forefront of scholarly interest. The debate around mimesis has been reactivated by approaches that re-evaluate its meaning both in the ancient texts in which it first appeared, and in the contemporary discussions of the power of literary representation. This volume presents a selection of central contributions to both the theoretical debate on mimesis and to its up-to-date critical practice. This volume approaches mimesis by emphasising the principles of knowledge, understanding and imagination that have been associated with mimesis since Aristotle’s Poetics. The articles consider the various aspects of the concept throughout history, and explore the ways in which literature produces its peculiar reality effects and negotiates its relationship to value systems connecting it to the world of everyday experience and ethics, as well as to different ideologies, emotions, world views and fields of knowledge. Building on this rich theoretical background, the articles examine the limits and possibilities of mimesis through detailed textual analyses that present acute challenges to our current understanding of literary representation.

Rethinking Postmodernism(s)

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Rethinking Postmodernism(s)

Rethinking Postmodernism(s)

Charles S. Peirce and the Pragmatist Negotiations of Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, and Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Author: Katrin Amian
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9042024151
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 239
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Rethinking Postmodernism(s) revisits three historical sites of American literary postmodernism: the early postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon's V. (1961), the emancipatory postmodernism of Toni Morrison'sBeloved (1987), and the late or post-postmodernism of Jonathan Safran Foer'sEverything Is Illuminated (2002). For the first time, it confronts these texts with the pragmatist philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce, staging a conceptual dialogue between pragmatism and postmodernism that historicizes and recontextualizes customary readings of postmodern fiction. The book is a must-read for all interested in current reassessments of literary postmodernism, in new critical dialogues between seminal postmodern texts, and in recent attempts to theorize the 'post-postmodern' moment.

Performing Ground

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Performing Ground

Performing Ground

Space, Camouflage and the Art of Blending In

  • Author: L. Levin
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137274255
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 243
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Performing Ground explores camouflage as a performance practice, arguing that the act of blending into one's environment is central to the ways we negotiate our identities through space. The book offers a critically rich investigation of how the performative practice of camouflage renders the politics of space, power, and gender (in)visible.

Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary

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Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary

Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary

Reading Conrad, Weiss, Sebald

  • Author: Kaisa Kaakinen
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319518208
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 261
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This book argues that increasingly transnational reading contexts of the twenty-first century place new pressures on fundamental questions about how we read literary fiction. Prompted by the stylistic strategies of three European émigré writers of the twentieth century — Conrad, Weiss and Sebald — it demonstrates the need to pose more differentiated questions about specific effects that occur when literary narratives meet a readership with a heterogeneous historical imaginary. In conversation with reception theory, trauma theory and transnational and postcolonial studies, the study shows how historical pressures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries require comparative literature to address not only implied but also various unimplied reading positions that engage history in displaced yet material ways. This book opens new analytical paths for thinking about literary texts as media of historical imagination and conceiving relations between incommensurable historical events and contexts. Challenging overly global and overly local readings alike, the book presents a sophisticated contribution to discussions on how to reform the discipline of comparative literature in the twenty-first century.

Rethinking the Frankfurt School

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Rethinking the Frankfurt School

Rethinking the Frankfurt School

Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique

  • Author: Jeffrey T. Nealon,Caren Irr
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 0791488012
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 235
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By exploring the work of the Frankfurt school today, this book helps to define the very field of cultural studies.

Mimetic Reflections

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Mimetic Reflections

Mimetic Reflections

A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and Ethics

  • Author: William Schweiker
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780823212538
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 267
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This book argues that a basic problem in thinking about understanding, temporality, and selfhood is due to "imitative" modes of thought found in much traditional Western philosophy and theology. Given this, the book examines the complex role that "image" and "imitation" play in understanding and its world of meaning, the import of language and narrative for configuring human temporality, and the existence of self. The author's contention is that when critically understood, mimesis, with its roots in performative enactment, holds resources for reconsidering these basic dimensions of human life beyond imitative paradigms of thought.

Mimesis

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Mimesis

Mimesis

On Appearing and Being

  • Author: Samuel IJsseling
  • Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 77
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Mimesis is one of the root words of Ancient Philosophy and again plays an important role in contemporary French thought. In this essay, an original interpretation of mimesis is given which throws new light on art and literature, reading and writing, the mirror and the example, identity and difference, and last but not least on the traditional opposition between reality and illusion, between appearing and being.

Modernism and Magic

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Modernism and Magic

Modernism and Magic

  • Author: Leigh Wilson
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748672338
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 256
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Explores the interplay between modernist experiment and occult discourses in the early twentieth century

Local Transcendence

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Local Transcendence

Local Transcendence

Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

  • Author: Alan Liu
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 392
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Driven by global economic forces to innovate, today’s society paradoxically looks forward to the future while staring only at the nearest, most local present—the most recent financial quarter, the latest artistic movement, the instant message or blog post at the top of the screen. Postmodernity is lived, it seems, at the end of history. In the essays collected in Local Transcendence, Alan Liu takes the pulse of such postmodern historicism by tracking two leading indicators of its acceleration in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: postmodern cultural criticism—including the new historicism, the new cultural history, cultural anthropology, the new pragmatism, and postmodern and postindustrial theory—and digital information technology. What is the relation between the new historicist anecdote and the database field, Liu asks, and can either have a critical function in the age of postmodern historicism? Local Transcendence includes two previously unpublished essays and a synthetic introduction in which Liu traverses from his earlier work on the theory of historicism to his recent studies of information culture to propose a theory of contingent method incorporating a special inflection of history: media history.