Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

Mimesis The Representation of Reality in Western Literature go inside Book Mimesis is an astonishing look at the history of Western literature remarkable not only for its discussion of nearly

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature go inside Book Mimesis is an astonishing look at the history of Western literature, remarkable not only for its discussion of nearly everything between the Odyssey and Proust, but also how he has something original to say about all of these.All of these essays would work on their own, and be respected pieces in their fields. The first chapter, Odysseus' scar, is still used by classicists today. Each chapter benefits from close readings of the texts, and extensive quotations in the original language. But the whole is greater than the parts, and Auerbach's broader goal is the representation of reality in literature, as well as the recognition of historical context.Auerbach begins his long project with a comparison of sections of The Odyssey and a The New Testament. Both are tremendously influential on Western literature, of course, but Auerbach asserts that the Odyssey is direct about listing facts in the narrative, and the religious narratives have omissions to heighten the sense of mystery and suspense.From there we go forth through the later Romans, the medieval romances and passion plays, courtly romance, 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. No Russian authors, but that's because Auerbach can't read Russian, and would lack the depth of analysis he would offer otherwise. This is a deeply impressive book, and offers new ways of thinking about literature. I was particularly impressed with his analysis of medieval literature and its reaction to classical norms, a topic which I know nothing about, but also his look at Virginia Woolf.A book for those who love books and want to further plumb their depths.. A half century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach s Mimesis still stands as a monumental achievement in literary criticism A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality has taught generations how to read Western literature This new expanded edition includesA half century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach s Mimesis still stands as a monumental achievement in literary criticism A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality has taught generations how to read Western literature This new expanded edition includes a substantial essay in introduction by Edward Said as well as an essay, never before translated into English, in which Auerbach responds to his critics.A German Jew, Auerbach was forced out of his professorship at the University of Marburg in 1935 He left for Turkey, where he taught at the state university in Istanbul There he wrote Mimesis, publishing it in German after the end of the war 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 His aim was to show how from antiquity to the twentieth century literature progressed toward ever naturalistic and democratic forms of representation This essentially optimistic view of European history now appears as a defensive and impassioned response to the inhumanity he saw in the Third Reich 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 many readers, both inside and outside the academy, Mimesis is among the finest works of literary criticism ever written.. Good Book Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature Maybe the most impressive work of literary criticism ever written, not least because of the circumstances under which it was composed: Auerbach, a German philologist fired by the Nazis for being a Jew, in exile in an Istanbul library as European civilization destroyed itself — re-imagining the literature that had given it birth. The book's insights are inexhaustible. I've returned to it again and again for 30 years.

  1. German philologist Erich Auerbach served as professor of Romance philology at Marburg University 1929 35 , taught at the Turkish State University in Istanbul 1936 47 , and became professor of French and Romance philology at Yale University in 1950 He published several books and many papers on Dante, Medieval Latin literature, methods of historical criticism, and the influence of Christian symbolism on literature He is best known for Mimesis, a volume on literary criticism written in Turkey, first published in Berne, Switzerland in 1946, and subsequently widely translated.

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  1. Mimesis is an astonishing look at the history of Western literature, remarkable not only for its discussion of nearly everything between the Odyssey and Proust, but also how he has something original to say about all of these.All of these essays would work on their own, and be respected pieces in their fields The first chapter, Odysseus scar, is still used by classicists today Each chapter benefits from close readings of the texts, and extensive quotations in the original language But the whole [...]


  2. Maybe the most impressive work of literary criticism ever written, not least because of the circumstances under which it was composed Auerbach, a German philologist fired by the Nazis for being a Jew, in exile in an Istanbul library as European civilization destroyed itself re imagining the literature that had given it birth The book s insights are inexhaustible I ve returned to it again and again for 30 years.


  3. Fleeing the Nazis in 1935, the 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 Literature, a prime example of what subsequent scholars have come to call historicism This is an amazing book, as fascinating as it is dense, as provocative in its ideas as it is impressive For the interested reader I would suggest beginning with Auer [...]



  4. Studying the progressive combination of tragic seriousness with the everyday.Odysseus Scar We are ever foregrounded in the present No such thing as flashbacks in the characters minds the narrator leaves aside the present narrative to tell a past narrative It is not therefore a multi layered telling as is common in modern fiction but a simple movement on a linear surface line progressive awareness of social strata, the backgrounded figural meaning, etc Farinate and Cavalcante With Dante comes the [...]


  5. I read this in a reading discussion group with Dr Richard Stivers, Dr James Van Der Laan, Rochelle Stivers, and Brian Simpson while in Normal at ISU and finished 18 months after moving to Urbana.We read a chapter a month basically and also read whichever book went along with that chapter I am not sure when we started but it took us a couple of years Before reading the final chapter and Woolf s To the Lighthouse we read several other books from around that time frame that were not covered by Auer [...]


  6. Mimesis The Representation of Reality in Western Literatureby Erich Auerbach 1946 573 p For many readers, both inside and outside the academy, Mimesis is among the finest works of literary criticism ever writtenA half century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach s Mimesis still stands as a monumental achievement in literary criticism A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality has tau [...]


  7. This book is encompassing and mind bending in that specifically unique way that will make some people revere it like a religious text and will drive other people absolutely nuts As you can see from all the stars I threw at it in my rating, I lean towards the former camp I can very much understand why how someone would wind up disagreeing with Auerbach s thesis and even so with his methodology in getting there , but at the same time this book has such an open, ambitious, and kind of lovely appr [...]


  8. Esse livro simplesmente maravilhoso Se voc de humanas mas por algum motivo tem um problema com os cl ssicos , acho que uma boa entrada, t o empolgante a an lise Quando algo que n o tinha lido era discutido, me dava vontade de ler quando j conhecia o material, era muito gratificante testemunho da qualidade art stica do pr prio livro que ele uma tentativa de propor e demonstrar algumas teses sobre o que vem a ser a representa o da realidade na literatura ocidental, mas o texto t o absorvente que i [...]


  9. I may or may not return to this I only I had to read selected chapters for a class the chapters on Odysseus and the Hebrew Bible, Dante s Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, and the last three 18 and 19, whose starting points are Stendhal and Edmond and Jules de Goncourt s Germinie Lacerteux respectively, are or less surveys of 18th century French Romanticism and emerging realism, touching also upon Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola 20 looks at Virginia Woolf s To the Lighthouse, while also looking at other m [...]


  10. A biggun in literary criticism Auerbach s book is a series of discussions about discrete works, progressing from Homer to Virginia Woolf I felt like I was prepared to dive into this book based on my high school curriculum and some recent Great Books remedial reading Dante The book doesn t so much lay out a theory of literary criticism, but instead provides examples of how Auerbach reads and thinks about reading He stays very close to the text of every work he selects, so you won t get lost in j [...]


  11. Me gust mucho c mo describe las diferencias estil sticas de los textos hom ricos y los b blicos La Biblia la le 3 veces bah, 2, la primera fue una versi n abreviada , pero hace mucho, cuando estaba decidiendo mis creencias Siempre quise releerla como a un relato pico religioso.Cap tulo 1 La cicatriz de Ulises.IntertextualidadMenciones directas To His Coy Mistress de Andrew Marvell Inglaterra, ca 1650 cita, ep grafe La Odisea de Homero Grecia, s VIII a.C La Il ada de Homero Grecia, s VIII a.C Tan [...]


  12. Every essay I ve read so far has been really interesting which is only three I ve enjoyed the first one Odysseus s Scar the most I d never really thought to look at the Bible s narrative structure in contrast to Homer I mean, why would I but I found the patterns that he pointed out were actually really useful in thinking about fiction and the back and forth in the way people think about fiction over the centuries, ie the stuff I studied for Comps For a theory book especially, this is quite clear [...]


  13. Reading and thinking about Ranciere s Aisthesis has led me to return to Auerbach s Mimesis, which I read many years ago, and this reaffirms my intuition that Mimesis is still the pinnacle of literary criticism history theory whatever you want to call it.



  14. Autore tedesco 1892 1957 Saggio critica letteraria Edizione PBE del 1975.E uno di quei testi che annullano il concetto di tempo relativo.Dimostra che certi scritti sono legati solo al tempo giovane Il tempo maturo ha pi riferimenti, informazioni, ma perde in elasticit e concentrazione.E non dipende dal punto di vista in cui mi colloco L oggettivit una fregatura.Ogni tanto ogni tanto ravano un po sugli scaffali Lo chiamo togliere la polvere o riordino, cos mi capitano tra le mani libri che dovrei [...]


  15. 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 Far from seeking, like Homer, merely to make us forget our own reality for a few hours, it seeks to overcome our reality we are to fit our own life into its world, feel ourselves to be elements in its structure of universal history This becomes increasingly difficult the further our historical environme [...]


  16. The title, Mimesis, is very insightful just by itself The idea put forth by Auerbach is that literature is an imitation of the contemporary society from which it was spawned The protagonist s feelings, mental agility, ability to think beyond the foreground is all very well painted in the literature itself In reading reviews of Mimesis, I came across Benjamin Walter s 1953 analysis of the book, in which he makes a comparison between Plato s skeptical and hostile feelings toward mimesis read liter [...]


  17. I wish I had time and intelligence at my disposal to fully drink from Auerbach s well His analysis and comparison of various literary texts and what it reveals about the societies that produced them yield enormous fruit, with much of it out of my reach My only complaint is that, while he draws great insights out of Biblical texts, he is unnecessarily polemical in ways that are not important to his argument For example, when discussing Genesis he talks of The Elohist writes referring to the JEDP [...]


  18. La erudici n de Erich Aurebach en las lenguas rom nicas se demuestra en este libro que busca explorar los or genes de la tradici n literaria y de la forma en que se ha escrito sobre la realidad en Occidente El ambicioso an lisis comprende m s de 3 mil a os de textos y est articulado por una comparativa que va desde la antig edad cl sica al modernismo es decir, desde Homero, la Biblia, algunos historiadores romanos, San Agust n, Bocaccio, Dante, Rabelais, Cervantes, Shakespeare, hasta Voltaire, S [...]


  19. Auerbach tracks the development of realism in Western literature from Homer to the twentieth century novel, highlighting the style of the gospels and the thought of Christianity as the decisive influence in the move away from the classical style to the concern with the inner world and the lower classes evinced in later Western literature While there are aspects of Auerbach s analysis that can be debated, his overall argument is sound and I believe he demonstrates his thesis This book is particul [...]


  20. Not only a monument of literary criticism, but one of the most thrilling adventures of the mind, ever EA traces the development of the representation of reality from Homer and the Old Testament to twentieth century writers Two chapters were particularly illuminating, the one on Dante which deals with the Farinata Cavalcante Episode and the initial chapter which is a comparative study of mimetic techniques in Homer and the Book of Genesis Edward Said s introduction is also very good he places EA [...]


  21. 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 The part on Odysseus s scar is legendary excuse the pun This man loved books and so he ingested them for future reference His commitment to reading closely for the details that shine is something all too lost in most of today s quickreads.



  22. Only read the first chapter, Odysseus Scar , a brilliant essay about differing representations of reality in Homer s Odyssey and the Old Testament.




  23. Antes que nada aclaro que le este libro sabiendo que no hab a le do una buena parte de los textos a los que hace referencia Auerbach, pero que de todos modos me servir a de br jula para orientarme m s adelante Al terminarlo, me result equiparable aLa historia del arte de Gombrich y ahora explico por qu Calculo que, de todos modos, voy a volver a cruzarme con l durante la cursada en Letras para estudiar alg n texto en particular.Cuando descubr el libro, el tema me pareci fascinante m s que nada p [...]


  24. Auerbach realiza una gran aportaci n al estudio de la m mesis en la literatura El primer cap tulo arranca con Homero La cicatriz de Ulises representa la estrategia de los textos picos en los que el poeta se esfuerza por aclarar todas las dimensiones del relato, como si tuviera miedo a que el lector fuera a perderse Los di logos, por ejemplo, hacen referencia nicamente a los elementos que se encuentran en la escena, como si no existiera un tiempo y un lugar ajeno a la representaci n que sucede an [...]


  25. Auerbach, Erich Mimesis The Representation of Reality in Western LiteratureThis tightly packed volume 579 pages in my paperback edition is a comprehensive survey of the landmarks in Western fiction, from Virgil s the Odyssey to Virginia Woolf s To the Lighthouse As Auerbach himself admits towards the end of his book he has had to be severely restricted by the enormous task, being guided by a few motifs and by trying them out on a series of texts For, as he goes on to say, It is a hopeless ventur [...]


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