Mimesis and Its Romantic Reflections by Frederick BurwickMimesis and Its Romantic Reflections by Frederick Burwick

Mimesis and Its Romantic Reflections

byFrederick Burwick

Paperback | May 11, 2007

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In Romantic theories of art and literature, the notion of mimesis—defined as art’s reflection of the external world—became introspective and self-reflexive as poets and artists sought to represent the act of creativity itself. Frederick Burwick seeks to elucidate this Romantic aesthetic, first by offering an understanding of key Romantic mimetic concepts and then by analyzing manifestations of the mimetic process in literary works of the period.

Burwick explores the mimetic concepts of "art for art's sake," "Idem et Alter," and "palingenesis of mind as art" by drawing on the theories of Philo of Alexandria, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller, Friederich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, Thomas De Quincey, and Germaine de Staël. Having established the philosophical bases of these key mimetic concepts, Burwick analyzes manifestations of mimesis in the literature of the period, including ekphrasis in the work of Thomas De Quincey, mirrored images in the poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, and the twice-told tale in the novels of Charles Brockden Brown, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and James Hogg. Although artists of this period have traditionally been dismissed in discussions of mimesis, Burwick demonstrates that mimetic concepts comprised a major component of the Romantic aesthetic.

Frederick Burwick is Professor of English at the University of California-Los Angeles. His previous books include Illusion and the Drama: Critical Theory of the Enlightenment and Romantic Era (1991) and Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination (1996), both published by Penn State Press. Frederick Burwick is Professor of English at t...
Title:Mimesis and Its Romantic ReflectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:May 11, 2007Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

“The study would be benefited from the addition of a short concluding chapter, but Burwick’s well-researched and engaging text deserves serious attention as a significant challenge to traditional conceptions of mimesis in romanticism.”

—Ben P. Robertson, South Central Review