9780415700306

Mimesis

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415700306

  • ISBN10:

    0415700302

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-04-12
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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 forefrontof contemporary theory, Mimesis is a welcome guide for readers in such fields as literature, performance and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface ix
Acknowledgements x
Introduction: Approaching Mimesis 1(12)
Part One Foundations
13(34)
Plato's Republic
15(17)
The Invention of the Image
15(2)
Poetry and Censorship: Books Two and Three
17(4)
Mirrors and Forms: Book Ten
21(6)
Poetry and the City
27(5)
Aristotle's Poetics
32(15)
Second Nature
32(6)
Tragedy, Plot and Reason
38(5)
The Tragic Effect
43(4)
Part Two Three Versions of Mimesis
47(66)
Imitatio: Rhetorical Imitation
49(22)
Mimesis as a Cultural Practice
49(5)
Roman Echoes
54(5)
Ancients and Moderns
59(6)
Genius, Originality and the Anxiety of Influence
65(6)
Theatre and Theatricality
71(21)
Spectacle and Spectator
71(4)
Theatrum Mundi
75(6)
Acting, Naturally
81(6)
`The Never Ending Show'
87(5)
Realism
92(21)
The Grapes of Zeuxis
92(5)
Reflection and Convention
97(5)
Realism and Sincerity
102(5)
Pygmalion's Folly: Anti-Realism
107(6)
Part Three Mimesis in Modern Theory
113(44)
Mimesis and Identity
115(21)
Psychic Mimesis
115(3)
Identification: Freud
118(7)
The Mirror Stage: Lacan
125(3)
Performing Race and Gender
128(8)
Mimesis and Culture
136(21)
Sympathetic Magic
136(4)
Mimicry and the Mimetic Faculty
140(5)
Mimetic Desire: Girard
145(5)
Simulacra and Hyperreality
150(7)
Conclusion: Memetics 157(6)
Glossary 163(2)
Suggestions for Further Reading 165(3)
Bibliography 168(5)
Index 173

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