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Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis and the Value of Scale

Sharon Marcus

Title:
Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis and the Value of Scale
Author(s):
Marcus, Sharon
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Type:
Articles
Department(s):
English and Comparative Literature
Volume:
77
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Book/Journal Title:
Modern Language Theory
Abstract:
Through a reading of Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis, which readers inside and outside the academy have valued for decades, this essay teases out how literary critical value is often aligned with scale: big claims, minutely close readings, and the ability to move gracefully between them. The essay also identifies and discusses four techniques basic to literary criticism: description, interpretation, explanation, and evaluation. A coda speculates about the links between Mimesis and a visual technology introduced into university lecturing a few decades before Auerbach wrote his magnum opus: the slide projector.
Subject(s):
Criticism
Comparative literature
Mimesis (Auerbach, Erich)
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1215/00267929-3570623
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Sharon Marcus, , Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis and the Value of Scale, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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