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It is not therefore a multi-layered telling as is common in modern fiction but a simple movement on a linear surface line. Apr 22, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

But when, through too great a change in environment and through the awakening of a critical consciousness, this becomes impossible, the Biblical claim to absolute authority is jeopardized; the method of interpretation is scorned and rejected, the Biblical stories become ancient legends, and auedbach doctrine they had contained, now dissevered from them, becomes a disembodied image.

The book doesn’t so much lay out a theory of literary criticism, but instead provides examples of mimrsis Auerbach reads and thinks about reading. And I honestly do believe that reading it will make you a better reader and a better writer. To ask other readers questions about Mimesisplease sign up.

Jul 14, Jim Coughenour rated it it was amazing Shelves: No Russian authors, but that’s because Auerbach can’t read Russian, and would lack the depth of analysis he would offer otherwise. Had we but world enough and time Mimesis is not only filled with remarkable insights on the works Auerbach chooses as exemplary of various times and traits.

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

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. Everybody exists rightly where they are, including the remarkably intelligent Don Quixote except when his madness strikes him. Literary Theory and Criticism: E non dipende dal punto di vista in cui mi colloco.



I felt occidentqle I was prepared to dive into this book based on my high-school curriculum and some more recent “Great Books” remedial reading Dante. This new expanded edition includes A half-century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach’s “Mimesis” still stands as a monumental achievement in literary criticism.

I got the feeling that there was a certain amount of very understandable anti-German sentiment affecting the letteratura of texts too.

I am iccidentale a fan, and yet I just could not make it through all of this book. No library descriptions found. Fortunately the Trask translation includes some sort of translation of each piece into English, with the help of which anyone with a basic understanding of Romance languages ought to be able at least to pick their way through most of the texts.

No such thing as flashbacks in the characters’ minds; the narrator leaves aside the present narrative to tell a past narrative.

See the other authors section. Feb 03, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is letteratur amazing book, as fascinating as it is dense, as provocative in its ideas as it is impressive.

Hans Hinterhäuser (Translator of Mimesis. Il realismo nella letteratura occidentale)

Beneath the conflicts, and also through them, an economic and cultural leveling process is taking place. View all 6 comments. And it is most concretely visible now in the unprejudiced, precise, interior and exterior representation of the random moment in the lives of different people.

This summary suggests more of a romp reaoismo this long, carefully crafted, deep and thoughtful book actually represents. There he wrote Mimesis, publishing it in German after reapismo end of the war. Each chapter benefits from close readings of the texts, and extensive quotations in the original language. I’ve mimesid only first two chapters for an exam. 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.


I’ve enjoyed the first one “Odysseus’s Scar” the most. Such a problematic psychological situation as this is impossible for any of the Homeric heroes, lwtteratura destiny is clearly defined and who wake every morning as if it were the first day of their lives: Feb 27, Haengbok92 rated it it was amazing Shelves: The result is a masterpiece of close readings with a fascinating common thrust.

Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Reverend30 Dec 17, Even Odysseus, in whose case the long lapse of time and mimexis many events which occurred offer so much opportunity for biographical development, shows almost nothing of it.

Every essay I’ve read so far has been really interesting which is only three.

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This leads almost inevitably to Flaubert, Balzac, and Goncourt, which then brings the text at last to the English modernists. For example, when discussing Genesis he talks of ‘The Elohist writes’ referring t I wish I had more time and intelligence at my disposal to fully drink from Auerbach’s well.

Usually at least one of the texts is in another language besides English, and many of the points he makes have to do with language usage, puns, and so forth, in the other language. This book is extremely difficult. View all 3 comments. His insights into all this literature go beyond supports for his primary thesis, and the informed reader will find himself enlightened and challenged at every turn.