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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English translation Original Language: While there are aspects of Auerbach’s analysis that can be debated, his overall argument is sound and I believe he demonstrates his thesis.

Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature

He left for Turkey, where he taught at the state university in Istanbul. There he wrote Mimesispublishing it in German after auerbadh end of the war. But what a road, what a fate, lie between the Jacob who cheated his father out of his blessing and the old man whose favorite son has been torn to pieces by a wild beast! This, however, did not immediately lead to a modern sense of realistic representation, predominantly because Christianity also brought with it the concept of figuralism – the idea that every little detail to be represented stands not only for itself, but something in the future and the past, all the better to tie together universal history in a Christian framework.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Want to Read saving…. Herein lies the reason why the great figures of the Old Testament are so much more fully developed, so much more fraught with their own biographical past, so much more distinct as individuals, than are the Homeric heroes.

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But what a treat it was to be exposed to a mind and to ideas so stimulating, so fresh, and so incisive. The first chapter, Odysseus’ scar, is still used by classicists today. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The World in Pantagruel’s Mouth: Auerbach is the dreamguide in literature.


Write a customer review. 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 Reprseentation and the Old Testament to twentieth century writers.

The old man, of whom we know how he has become what he is is more of an individual than the young man; for it is only during the course of an eventful life that men are differentiated into full individuality; and it is this history of a personality which the Old Testament liteature to us as the formation undergone by those whom God has chosen to be examples. 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.

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The result is a masterpiece of close readings with a fascinating common thrust. Weztern stays very close fhe the text of every work he selects, so you won’t get lost in jargon or citations.

German philologist Erich Auerbach served as professor of Romance philology at Marburg Universitytaught at the Turkish State University in Istanbuland became professor of French and Romance philology at Yale University in This summary suggests more of a romp than this long, carefully crafted, deep and thoughtful book actually represents.

This is true too of the originality of Mr. Mimesis is not only filled with remarkable insights on the works Auerbach chooses as exe A sampling of the progress of realism in literature from The Odyssey to Virginia Represeentation To The Lighthouse.


Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

English Choose a language lf shopping. Maybe the most impressive work of literary criticism ever written, not least because of the circumstances under which it was composed: But the wh 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. 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.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Auerbach was a Romance language specialist, which explains his admitted bias towards treating texts from French compared to other languages. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.

If certain elements survived which did not immediately fit in, interpretation took care of them; and so the reader is at every moment aware of the universal religio-historical perspective which gives the individual stories their general meaning and purpose.

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.

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