The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems
Publisher: Princeton University Press | ISBN: 0691092583 | edition 2002 | PDF | 440 pages | 13,4 mb
Mimesis is one of the oldest, most fundamental concepts in Western aesthetics. This book offers a new, searching treatment of its long history at the center of theories of representational art: above all, in the highly influential writings of Plato and Aristotle, but also in later Greco-Roman philosophy and criticism, and subsequently in many areas of aesthetic controversy from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Combining classical scholarship, philosophical analysis, and the history of ideas–and ranging across discussion of poetry, painting, and music–Stephen Halliwell shows with a wealth of detail how mimesis, at all stages of its evolution, has been a more complex, variable concept than its conventional translation of "imitation" can now convey.