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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. Mimology is the basis of language sciences and incites occasional hilarity. Genette treats matters as basic and staid as the alphabet and as reverberating as the letter R in ur-linguistics. 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. --From publisher's description.... prevailing ideas about the filiation of natural languages; he recalls the typical refusal a€” Dugald Stewarta#39;s for example ... both the facts and the conclusions of Sanskrit scholarshipaquot; and whose essay aquot;On the Language and Philosophy of the anbsp;...

Author:Gärard Genette
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 1995


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