The Aesthetics of Mimesis : Ancient Texts and Modern Problems by Stephen Halliwell

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  • Title: The Aesthetics of Mimesis : Ancient Texts and Modern Problems
  • Author: Stephen Halliwell
  • Category: Other
  • Date: 09/01/08
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781400825301

 

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Mimesis is one of the oldest, most basic ideas in Western aesthetics. This guide affords a brand new, looking out remedy of its lengthy historical past on the heart of theories of representational artwork: above all, within the extremely influential writings of Plato and Aristotle, but in addition in later Greco-Roman philosophy and criticism, and subsequently in lots of areas of aesthetic controversy from the Renaissance to the 20 th century. Combining classical scholarship, philosophical evaluation, and the historical past of concepts—and ranging throughout dialogue of poetry, portray, and music—Stephen Halliwell reveals with a wealth of element how mimesis, in any respect phases of its evolution, has been a more advanced, variable idea than its standard translation of “imitation” can now convey.Far from offering a static mannequin of creative illustration, mimesis has generated many alternative fashions of artwork, encompassing a spectrum of positions from realism to idealism. Under the affect of Platonist and Aristotelian paradigms, mimesis has been a crux of debate between proponents of what Halliwell calls “world-reflecting” and “world-simulating” theories of illustration in each the visible and musico-poetic arts. This debate is about not solely the fraught relationship between artwork and actuality but in addition the psychology and ethics of how we expertise and are affected by mimetic artwork.Moving expertly between historic and trendy traditions, Halliwell contends that the historical past of mimesis hinges on issues that proceed to be of pressing concern for modern aesthetics.

 

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