February 26, 2007

Is it mimetic or is it authorial intent?

As I was reading along in this essay I couldn't help but wonder what type of criticism I was reading. The beginning of the essay seemed to be one giant introduction for the criticism on how Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper." The authors state:

As if to comment on the unity of all these points - on, that is, the anxiety-inducing connections between what women writers tend to see as their parallel confinements in texts, houses, and maternal female bodies - Charlotte Perkins Gilman brought them all together in 1890 in a striking story of female confinement and escape, a paradigmatic take which...seems to tell the story that all literary women would tell if they could speak their "speechless woe."

I think that this line pretty much sums up the whole essay. I'm not sure that I was able to follow their argument well or even where mimetic criticism fits in with this one. All I can think of is how much this resembles authorial intent. Can anyone help me out on this one?

Gilbert and Gubar, ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at February 26, 2007 10:46 PM | TrackBack
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I agree with the idea that this falls in with Authorial Intent - for the mimetic critic they are typically engaging in a recreation of an event, an expression of art, etc. The mimetic critic is attempting to convey something to the reader, which basically falls into the area of what the author is intending for their reader.

I think this is a very valid observation, though, that the two seem to go almost hand in hand.

Posted by: Kevin at March 1, 2007 3:42 PM
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