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imitation, especially imitative representation of the real world in art and literature

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mimesis



The earliest theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality.

—p.3 Against interpretation (3) by Susan Sontag
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postmodern writing "turns out to be mimetic after all [...]"

quoting Brian McHale in Postmodernist Fiction

—p.112 "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders": Chaos and Realism in Infinite Jest (101) missing author
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Biblical style is famous for its stony reticence, for a mimesis that Erich Auerbach called 'fraught with background'

—p.130 Robert Alter and the King James Bible (128) by James Wood
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although they preserve such experience, they do so at a mimetic remove

—p.259 Geoff Dyer (256) by James Wood
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through a process akin to mimetic desire, the audience began to experience what Fry saw, experienced with him a sameness of vision.

tag: literary-theory

—p.84 Using Everything (61) by James Wood
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