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February 26, 2007

let me be your mime

"...the prosecution is likely to argue the affective line that the work in question, in its language or the actions it portrays, has a harmful effect on its audience, whle the defense may respond with the mimetic argument that the work gives an accurate picture of reality. After all, people say and do such things, and the author is simply reporting the facts of life."

One side of this quote appeals to wholeness and goodness while the other side appeals to the truth, reality. Truth is a higher good.
In Keesey's introduction to chapter 4, Mimetic Criticism: Reality as Context, is seen that almost any verbal representation, particularly one in narrative or dramatic form, seems to invite comparison with our nonliterary experience. Literature reveals a sort of truth whether it is about reality or not.

Mimetic criticism is a piece of philosophical reality that is seen from the person who wrote the literature that shows the audience either the truth, or the harshness of the reality.

Mimesis separates coherence and congruence. The criticism starts with finding the reality in poems and then tries to make it fit with what we think about in the real world today. Reality and truth is what literature is all about.

Posted by Denamarie at February 26, 2007 12:35 PM

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I think our boy Don Keesey took the very, very long way around the idea that "art imitates life" and "life imitates art."

Isn't that what mimetic criticism is all about?

Posted by: Kevin at March 1, 2007 4:34 PM

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