In the Imitation and the Image of Man James S. Hans presents his conception of the mimetic. His primary goal to this study is to broaden several kinds of discourse: first, to redfine our conception of the literary; second, to expand our ideas of the kinds of things that can be treated together; third, to enrich our understanding of the possibilities of the form of the essay; and fourth, to articulate the need for these changes in terms of a non-linear theory of imitation.
1. Preface; 2. Introduction: On Being Difficult; 3. Chapter One: Rupture and Erasure; 4. Chapter Two: Imitation and Obsession; 5. Chapter Three: Imitation and Entropy; 6. Chapter Four: Imitation and Multiplicity; 7. Chapter Five: A Mixed Economy; 8. Chapter Six: Imitative Form and Function; 9. Chapter Seven: The Bricoleur at Home