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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Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature
I am not sure when we started but it took us a couple of years. One nice thing about it is that I can read any section without worrying too much about what comes before or after.
The Representation of Reality in Western Literature by Erich Auerbach – p For many readers, both inside and outside the academy, Realith is among the finest works of literary criticism ever written. Nov 04, Seana rated it it was amazing.
Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature
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. Such a problematic psychological situation as this is impossible for any of the Homeric heroes, whose destiny is clearly defined and who wake every morning as if it were the first day of their lives: Oct 23, Mateo R.
Paul and the Church Fathers reinterpreted the entire Jewish tradition as a succession of figures prognosticating the appearance of Christ, and assigned the Roman Empire its proper place in the divine plan of salvation. Mimesis is not only filled with remarkable insights on the works Auerbach chooses as exemplary of various times and traits. Everybody exists rightly where they are, including the remarkably intelligent Don Quixote except when his madness strikes him.
I think a lot of that is because Auerbach piterature all of his chapters in specific, concrete texts. Sep 29, Andrew Sydlik rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally, the whole situation of the author, which does influence the nature of his writing and he even addresses these concerns to a certain pointgives an added edge of intrigue to the reading: One of the greatest works of criticism in the 20th century and he did it without almost any access to books, notes, or anything else.
His aim was to show how from antiquity to the twentieth century literature progressed toward ever more akerbach and democratic forms of liteerature. But what a treat it was to be exposed to a mind and to ideas so stimulating, so fresh, and so incisive.
It’s the only preface I know of that I wish were longer, serving as both an analysis of Auerbach and a ramework placing him in his scholarly and historical context. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Published April 27th by Princeton Literathre Press first published The strata of societies and there different ways of life have become inextricably mingled.
Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature by Erich Auerbach
Want to Read saving…. Buy the selected items together This item: I would love to do this again some day with other intelligent, well read, interested, and interesting people. Each major work is explored through an extended representative quote in the original language and in English translation. Share your thoughts with other customers.
Though Shakespeare has aristocratic tendencies in making only the most socially noble characters tragic, he is the Cosmic Poet because of the interrelatedness of this world he creates and which renews itself with each character.
There he wrote Mimesispublishing it in German after the end of the war. Feb 26, Maria tje it.
He soon gains international fame as a “human chameleon. Refresh and try again. This is an amazing litterature, as fascinating as it is dense, as provocative in its ideas as it is impressive. This is true too of the originality of Mr.
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The Old Testament, on the other hand, presents universal history: 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.
So little are the Homeric heroes presented as developing or lf developed, that most of them—Nestor, Agamemnon, Achilles—appear to be of an age fixed from the very first.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. It is not therefore a multi-layered telling as is common in modern fiction but a simple movement on a linear surface line.
From there we go forth through the later Romans, the medieval romances and passion plays, courtly wwstern, Montaigne’s essays and the role of the author, Don Quixote, the 19th century Germans, the French authors of Balzac, Stendhal, and Flaubert, and concludes with the high modernists of Joyce, Woolf, and Proust.