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.

Mimetic Reflections

A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology and Ethics


Author: William Schweiker

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823212545

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.

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

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.

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.


on appearing and being


Author: Samuel IJsseling

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: 9789039002735

Category: Performing Arts

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.

Mimesis and Reason

Habermas's Political Philosophy


Author: Gregg Daniel Miller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438437412

Category: Philosophy

Page: 199

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Excavates the experiential structure of Habermas’s communicative action.

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



Author: American Academy of Religion. Meeting

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bible

Page: N.A

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