AUERBACH MIMESIS THE REPRESENTATION OF REALITY IN WESTERN LITERATURE PDF

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

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 reaity essay, never before translated into English, in which Auerbach responds to his critics.

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He left for Turkey, where he taught at the state university in Istanbul.

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There he wrote Mimesispublishing 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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This book is extremely difficult. In each chapter, Auerbach compares two texts. Usually at least one of aherbach texts is in another language besides English, and many of the points he makes have to do This was somewhat over my head.

Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature

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