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Mimesis The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

ISBN-10: 0691160228
ISBN-13: 9780691160221
Edition: 2014 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

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.

Introduction to the Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition
Odysseus' Scar
Fortunata
The Arrest of Peter Valvomeres
Sicharius and Chramnesindus
Roland Against Ganelon
The Knight Sets Forth
Adam and Eve
Farinata and Cavalcante
Frate Alberto
Madame Du Chastel
The World in Pantagruel's Mouth
L'Humaine Condition
The Weary Prince
The Enchanted Dulcinea
The Faux D�vot
The Interrupted Supper
Miller the Musician
In the H�tel de la Mole
Germinie Lacerteux
The Brown Stocking
Epilogue
Appendix
Index

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