Mimologics

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U of Nebraska Press, 1995 - 446 pages
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Do words?their sounds and shapes, their lengths and patterns?imitate the world? Mimology says they do. First argued in Plato?s Cratylus more than two thousand years ago, mimology has left an important mark in virtually every major art and artistic theory thereafter. ø Fascinating and many-faceted, mimology is the basis of language sciences and incites occasional hilarity. Its complicated traditions require a sure grip but a light touch. One of the few scholars capable of giving mimology such genial attention is Gärard Genette. Genette treats matters as basic and staid as the alphabet and as reverberating as the letter R in ur-linguistics. ø Genette has emerged as one of the two or three chief literary critics of modern France. He is the major practitioner of narratological criticism, a pioneer in structuralism, and a much admired literary historian. His single most important book, Mimologics bridges mainstream literary history and Genette?s expertise in critical method by undertaking an intensive study of the most vexed of literary problems: language as a representation of reality. Deeply learned, the book draws upon the traditions?both sane and eccentric?of philosophy, linguistics, poetics, and comparative literature.
 

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Table des matières

Foreword
ix
Publishers Preface
xiii
Translators Preface
xv
Invitation to a Voyage in Cratylusland Thais E Morgan
xxi
Introduction
3
Eponymy of the Name
7
De ratione verborum
29
Soni rerum indices
37
White BonnetBonnet White
143
Internal Inflection
179
Desert Languages
189
Failing Natural Languages
201
The Age of Names
249
The Stakes of Writing
261
Singe
277
Taking Sides with Words
297

Hermogenes the Master of Words
43
Mimographisms
53
Painting and Derivation
65
Generalized Hieroglyphics
91
Onomatopoetics
115
The Genre and Gender of Reverie
301
Mimophony Restricted
309
Notes
337
Index
431
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À propos de l'auteur (1995)

Tha s E. Morgan is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University. To enhance the English-language edition further, Gerald Prince, author of Narrative as Theme: Studies in French Fiction (Nebraska 1992) and A Dictionary of Narratology (Nebraska 1987), has provided a foreword briefly describing Genette?s career and the particular values of this book.

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