The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems

The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems
Stephen Halliwell | Princeton University Press | PDF | 13.37 MB

The book offers a new treatment of mimesis within theories of representational art: above all, in the writings of Plato and Aristotle, but also in later Greco-Roman philosophy and criticism, and 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-author 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.

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