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February 27, 2007

Keesey Ch. 4 : Mimetic isn't really about mimes, but it could be...sort of

"We incline to believe that if we can claim for a device, a technique or a whole work a realistic purpose, we have provided an ultimate justification." (206).

This can relate to mimes in the way that they pretend to do things like climb in a box (ok, I haven't done that since I was five) or direct traffic (that's kind of dangerous) that we do in reality, so ha!! Mimes do relate to mimetic criticism in a scaring little children and annoying "important" business people sort of way.

I think I will enjoy this type of criticism, because as Plato explained, we justify reality based on our senses, making whatever we "see" become real to us. I also appreciated that the artist's work doesn't have to be the same as the carpenter's. To me this perhaps means that while we have a sense of reality in a chaotic world, the mimetic way of looking at things allows us to acknowledge while this chaotic reality does exist, the "transcendental or underlying reality" (208) can also provide a way to explore higher truth and beauty.

Posted by ErinWaite at February 27, 2007 12:02 PM


I really liked that point that Plato explained as well. I think that we all justify reality based on our senses and whenever we want to see the reality of things we turn to our senses to help us.
Your perception on how looking at mimetic criticism in literature and relating it to our chaotic world allows us to acknowledge how chaotic and lovely the world really is.

Posted by: Denamarie at February 28, 2007 9:17 PM

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