Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - New and Expanded Edition (Princeton Classics 1 Revised edition)

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - New and Expanded Edition (Princeton Classics 1 Revised edition)

By: Edward W. Said (author), Erich Auerbach (author), Willard R. Trask (translator)Paperback

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More than half a century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach's Mimesis remains a masterpiece of 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 more 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. This Princeton Classics edition includes a substantial introduction by Edward Said as well as an essay in which Auerbach responds to his critics.

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Erich Auerbach, before his death in 1957, was Sterling Professor of Romance Languages at Yale University.


Introduction to the Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition ix 1.Odysseus' Scar 3 2.Fortunata 24 3.The Arrest of Peter Valvomeres 50 4.Sicharius and Chramnesindus 77 5.Roland Against Ganelon 96 6.The Knight Sets Forth 123 7.Adam and Eve 143 8.Farinata and Cavalcante 174 9.Frate Alberto 203 10.Madame Du Chastel 232 11.The World in Pantagruel's Mouth 262 12.L'Humaine Condition 285 13.The Weary Prince 312 14.The Enchanted Dulcinea 334 15.The Faux Devot 359 16.The Interrupted Supper 395 17.Miller the Musician 434 18.In the Hotel de la Mole 454 19.Germinie Lacerteux 493 20.The Brown Stocking 525 Epilogue 554 Appendix 559 Index 575

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  • ISBN13: 9780691160221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 616
  • ID: 9780691160221
  • weight: 624
  • ISBN10: 0691160228
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English
  • edition: Revised edition

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