February 19, 2007

Let's Critique Real Life, Shall We?

mimetic criticism: A type of criticism inaugurated by Plato that assumes literary works to be reflections or representations of life and the world in general. Mimetic critics evaluate works based on whether they accurately portray their subject matter. Representations of the subject should be "true," according to this school of thought; consequently, realism would be among the more modern genres meeting with the approval of mimetic critics.
Ross Murfin and Supryia M. Ray The Bedfore Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

In Russ McDonald's essay, "Reading The Tempest," he discusses the abstract nature of the mimetic approach. I didn't really understand what the mimetic approach was, but I ran with it.
So basically, in order to be mimetic, you have to be in with the mime - able to express action, character, and emotion through gesture alone. In other words, accurately portraying what you want to portray without actually doing so.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at February 19, 2007 9:12 PM | TrackBack
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