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A New Mimesis

A New Mimesis
Your Price: $23.95 CDN
Author: A. D. Nuttall
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 209
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0300118651
ISBN-13: 9780300118650

About the Book:

In pursuit of a powerful, common-sense argument about realism, renowned scholar A. D. Nuttall discusses English eighteenth-century and French neo-classical conceptions of realism, and considers Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and both parts of King Henry IV as a prolonged feat of mimesis, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare’s perception of society and culture as subject to historical change. Shakespeare is chosen as the great example of realism because he addresses not only the stable characteristics but also the flux of things, and he is thus seen as a perceiver of that flux and not a mere specimen.

A. D. Nuttall wrote a new preface for the paperback reissue of A New Mimesis, which is not found in the long out-of-print original edition of this acknowledged classic of literary studies.

What people say:

"Professor Nuttall ... conducts a spirited skirmish with structuralist approaches to literature and its offshoots which in its liveliness and whirling referentiality encompasses philosophy as well as literature.... He is a perceptive (often amusing) scholar." — The Times Educational

"Nuttall's most important book on Shakespeare seems as fresh and challenging as ever." — Graham Bradshaw, author of Shakespeare's Scepticism

About the Author:

Anthony David Nuttall (1937 – 2007) was a classically trained English literary critic and scholar with a passion for philosophy. He was a popular professor of English at Oxford University and the author of numerous books, including A New Mimesis: Shakespeare and the Representation of Reality.

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