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Mimesis : New Critical Idiom Series - Matthew Potolsky

Mimesis

New Critical Idiom Series

Paperback

Published: 14th March 2006
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A topic that has become increasingly central to the study of art, performance and literature, the term mimesis has long been used to refer to the relationship between an image and its 'real' original. However, recent theorists have extended the concept, highlighting new perspectives on key concerns, such as the nature of identity.

Matt Potolsky presents a clear introduction to this potentially daunting concept, examining:


  • the foundations of mimetic theory in ancient philosophy, from Plato to Aristotle

  • three key versions of mimesis: imitatio or rhetorical imitation, theatre and theatricality, and artistic realism

  • the position of mimesis in modern theories of identity and culture, through theorists such as Freud, Lacan, Girard and Baudrillard

  • the possible future of mimetic theory in the concept of 'memes', which connects evolutionary biology and theories of cultural reproduction.

A multidisciplinary study of a term rapidly returning to the forefront of contemporary theory, Mimesis is a welcome guide for readers in such fields as literature, performance and cultural studies.

Introduction: Approaching Mimesis
Foundations
Plato's Republic
The Invention of the Image
Poetry and Censorship: Books Two and Three
Mirrors and Forms: Book Ten
Poetry and the City
Aristotle's Poetics
Second Nature
Tragedy, Plot, and Reason
The Tragic Effect
Three Versions of Mimesis
Imitatio: Rhetorical Imitation
Mimesis as a Cultural Practice
Roman Echoes
Ancients and Moderns
Genius, Originality, and the Anxiety of Influence
Theatre and Theatricality Spectacle and Spectator
Theatrum Mundi
Acting, Naturally'The Never Ending Show'
Realism
The Grapes of Zeuxis
Reflection and Convention
Realism and Sincerity
Pygmalion's Folly: Anti-Realism
Mimesis in Modern Theory
Mimesis and Identity
Psychic Mimesis
Identification: Freud
The Mirror Stage: Lacan
Performing Race and Gender
Mimesis and Culture
Sympathetic Magic
Mimicry and the Mimetic Faculty
Mimetic Desire: Girard
Simulacra and Hyperreality
Conclusion: Memetics
Suggestions for Further Reading
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415700306
ISBN-10: 0415700302
Series: The New Critical Idiom
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 14th March 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1