Mimesis and the Human Animal

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1458-6

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1457-9
Publication Date
December 1996
Page Count
274 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Mimesis and the Human Animal

On the Biogenetic Foundations of Literary Representation
Robert Storey

In Mimesis and the Human Animal, Robert Storey argues that human culture derives from human biology and that literary representation therefore must have a biological basis. As he ponders the question "What does it mean to say that art imitates life?" he must consider both "What is life?" and "What is art?"

A unique approach to the subject of mimesis, Storey's book goes beyond the politicizing of literature grounded in literary theory to develop a scientific basis for the creation of literature and art.

About the Author

Robert Storey is professor of English at Temple University. His previous books areĀ Pierrot: A Critical History of a Mask andĀ Pierrots on the Stage of Desire: Nineteenth-Century French Literary Artists and the Comic Pantomime.
"[S]ucceeds in showing that for scholars of literature with a truly theoretical bent, study of the biological and behavioral sciences can provide a solid foundation for promising interdisciplinary literary research." --World Literature Today