BiblioFiles #49: Mimesis and the Art of Teaching Literature


In this week's episode of BiblioFiles, the CenterForLit gang focuses their conversation on a term that comes up quite a bit in literary criticism: mimesis. What is mimesis? Should it influence the way we read? Is it possible or desirable to teach literature mimetically? 


Referenced Works:

The Defense of Poesy by Sir Philip Sidney

Mimesis by Erich Auerbach

– "Advice to Youth" and Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses by Mark Twain

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Radio Read Along Podcast)

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

–  The Illiad of Homer

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


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