More than half a century after its translation into English,Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis remains a masterpiece of literarycriticism. A brilliant display of erud. More than half a century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis remains a masterpiece of literary criticism. A brilliant display. LibraryThing Review. User Review – nbmars – LibraryThing. This book is extremely difficult. In each chapter, Auerbach compares two texts. Usually at least one.
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I sure am glad I did. What’s more, I can’t imagine that anything like it will ever be written again. It is also representahion 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.
There he wrote Mimesis, publishing it in German after the end of the war. This essentially optimistic view of European history now appears ib a defensive–and impassioned–response to the inhumanity he saw in the Third Reich.
Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature
Oct 23, Mateo R. Ranging over works in Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English, Auerbach used his remarkable skills in philology and thw literature to refute any narrow form of nationalism or chauvinism, in his own day and ours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The first chapter, Odysseus’ scar, is still used by classicists today. Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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 reresentation history with which we are only just now catching up. Luise Miller by Friedrich Schiller.
I am not sure when we started but it took us a couple of years. Along the way, he makes a side by side comparison of, say, the Odyssey and Exodus seem like something you might do for fun. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller rhe A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality h Mimesis: No shyness to name low things amidst high tragedy; all depictions are vividly validated.
The greater the separateness and horizontal disconnection of the stories and groups of stories in relation to one another, compared with the Iliad and the Odyssey, the stronger is their general vertical connection, which holds them all together and which is entirely lacking in Homer. Yes, Mimesis is magisterial, but it is also thrilling to read, inspiring, and more relevant than ever: This man loved books and so repreeentation ingested them for future reference.
The author, beginning with Homer and the Bible, traces the imitation of life in literature through the ages. I’ll stick to Bloom and his kind.
And I’d like to have wider margins to write notes. Refresh and try again.
Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature
Far from seeking, like Homer, merely to make us th our representatiob reality for a few hours, it seeks to overcome our reality: Nov 04, Seana rated it it was amazing. This becomes increasingly difficult the further our historical envir “If the text of the Biblical narrative, then, is so greatly in need of interpretation on the basis of its own content, its claim to absolute authority forces it still further in the same direction.
This is a true classic in the sense tye I can read its chapters over and over again, and each time come across new observations that add to my enjoyment of the text under discussion.
Augustineand writers of the seventeenth century, like Racineare criticized for literaturf to the rhetorical doctrine of “styles” with their corresponding subject matters: There he wrote Mimesispublishing it in German after the end of the war.
Feb 26, Maria added it. Displaced as he was, Auerbach produced a work of great erudition that contains no footnotes, basing his arguments instead on searching, illuminating readings of key passages from his primary texts.
Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature
Chaucer wesyern Wordsworth are not mentioned even in passing, though Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf are given full chapters and Dickens and Henry Fielding make appearances. Ranging over works in Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English, Auerbach used his remarkable skills in philology and comparative literature to refute any narrow form of nationalism or chauvinism, in his own day and ours.
For the interested reader I would suggest beginning with Fleeing the Nazis inthe noted German philologist and scholar of comparative literature and criticism Erick Auerbach settled in Istanbul where, without access to his extensive library, he wrote Mimesis — The Representation of Reality in Western Literaturea prime example of what subsequent scholars have come to call historicism. Essays by Michel de Montaigne. The World in Pantagruel’s Mouth: Mimesis is not only filled with remarkable insights on the works Auerbach chooses as exemplary of various times and traits.
The model is Christ’s Incarnation as both sublimitas and humilitas. Selected pages Title Page. English Choose a language for shopping. This new expanded edition includes a substantial essay in introduction by Edward Said as well as an essay, never before translated into English, in mimessis Auerbach responds to his critics. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Odysseus on his return is exactly the same as mimesiw was when he left Ithaca two decades earlier. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This Princeton Classics edition includes a substantial introduction by Edward Said as well as an essay in which Auerbach responds to his critics.
Fleeing the Nazis inthe noted German philologist and scholar of comparative literature and criticism Erick Auerbach settled in Istanbul where, without access to his extensive library, he wrote Mimesis — The Representation of Reality in Western Literaturea prime example of what subsequent scholars have come to call historicism.
Odyssey by Homer and Genesis Little hard to get anywhere in this-maybe its a little dated, maybe this guy’s to smart for me, maybe its other things.