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Literary criticism & the structures of history, Erich Auerbach & Leo Spitzer

Geoffrey Green

Literary criticism & the structures of history, Erich Auerbach & Leo Spitzer

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Published by University of Nebraska Press, c1982. in Lincoln .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Auerbach, Erich, -- 1892-1957.,
  • Spitzer, Leo, -- 1887-1960.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    Statementby Geoffrey Green ; foreword by Robert Scholes.. --
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 186 p. ;
    Number of Pages186
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL19140913M

    Time, History, and Literature presents a wide selection of Auerbach's essays, many of which are little known outside the German-speaking world. Vico and Herder 11 3. Tempe: German Studies Association, Commenting upon his isolation, Auerbach said in the 'Epilogue' to Mimesis: "On the other hand it is quite possible that the book owes its existence to just this lack of a rich and specialized library. Although he acknowledged that both works exercised an enormous influence over subsequent Western literatureAuerbach held that the true motivation behind the representations of reality in both the Bible and the Odyssey lay within and without aesthetic considerations.

    Auerbach and the Representation of Reality. Auerbach spent only six years as a professor in Germany. Although Auerbach analyzes writers' attitudes toward reality, he does not rush to give the reader his own definition of the concept "realism. New York: Columbia University Press, In the last years of his life, Auerbach was becoming a legendary figure in the U.

    Often he first focuses on stylistic analysis and interpretations of meaning, and from these comments he moves to broader observations on social history and culture. Although Auerbach analyzes writers' attitudes toward reality, he does not rush to give the reader his own definition of the concept "realism. Auerbach summarizes his comparison of the texts as follows: The two styles, in their opposition, represent basic types: on the one hand ["The Odyssey" 's] fully externalized description, uniform illustration, uninterrupted connection, free expression, all events in the foreground, displaying unmistakable meanings, few elements of historical development and of psychological perspective; on the other hand [in the Old Testament]certain parts brought into high relief, others left obscure, abruptness, suggestive influence of the unexpressed, "background" quality, multiplicity of meanings and the need for interpretation, universal-historical claims, development of the concept of the historically becoming, and preoccupation with the problematic. Whallom, William. Includes bibliographical references and index.


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Literary criticism & the structures of history, Erich Auerbach & Leo Spitzer book

Whallom, William.

Geoffrey Green

But the things that happen to a few individuals in the course of a few minutes, hours, possibly even days - these one can hope to report with reasonable completeness. My particular areas of interest include nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion; aestheticism and decadence in a global context; and speculative and non-realist fiction, including gothic, science fiction, utopia, and romance.

Porter, James I. He changed disciplines and earned his doctorate in Romance philology from the University of Greifswald inwhere his advicer Erhard Lommatzsch had moved. Looking at it from another point of view, the Odyssey is a story very limited in the scope because of the limitations imposed by rhetoric on the ways to represent reality, whereas the Bible's "tyrannical" claim on all truth from Creation to the Last Daysresults, ironically, in an authentic representation of human experience.

By keeping the focus always on the present narrative, the "procession of phenomena" Homer presents always remains illuminated in the foreground, even as the story itself jumps back and forth between times and locations.

For this reason, individual chapters of the book are often read independently. In a letter to Walter Benjaminexiled in Paris, he said that Istanbul is "still a fundamentally Hellenistic city, for the Arab, Armenian, Jewish, and the now dominant Turkish element, too, all meld or coexist in an entity that is likely held together by the old Hellenistic kind of cosmopolitanism.

Auerbach notes here the clarity and orderliness of Homer's verse, as well as the tidy comparative, causal, and temporal relationships articulated by Homer's precise syntactical constructions, all hallmarks of the rhetorical tradition.

May be used for non-commercial purposes. My research and teaching focus on how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature intersects with practices of knowledge production ranging from the sciences to theology. Looking at it from another point of view, the Odyssey is a story very limited in the scope because of the limitations imposed by rhetoric on the ways to represent reality, whereas the Bible's "tyrannical" claim on all truth from Creation to the Last Daysresults, ironically, in an authentic representation of human experience.

The word "mimesis" has almost the same meaning as "mime," but is broadly translated as "imitation. Even before the war Auerbach renounced law for literature. Porter vii Introduction James I. Combining a historical focus on early modernity with the study of phenomenological philosophy, my work probes a range of verbal techniques for articulating and perhaps inventing modes of experience that resist comprehension.

Furthermore, the two works were written for very different purposes; the Odysseyas a piece of entertainment to "make us forget our own reality for a few hours," while the Bibleas religious doctrineto "make us fit our own life into its world.

Erich Auerbach German philologist, educator, critic, and literary historian, originally trained as a lawyer. It is too serious for comedy, too contemporary and everyday for tragedy, politically too insignificant for history—and the form which was given it is one of such immediacy that its like does not exist in the literature of antiquity.

Kenneth Warren My scholarship and teaching focuses on American and African American literature from the late nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century. On the Anniversary Celebration of Dante Auerbach, Erich.

Green, Geoffrey. With a letter from Croce, and with support of Spitzer, he went to Istanbul where he taught at the Istanbul State University.A half-century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach's Mimesis still stands as a monumental achievement in literary criticism.

A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality has taught generations how to read Western literature. Erich Auerbach was a German a philologist and comparative scholar.

He was one of the world’s most influential literary critics. Home. Log In Once logged in, you can add biography in the database. Directories Newly added.

Create Biography. Green has published various academic studies on Erich Auerbach including a book titled Literary Criticism and the Structures of History: Erich Auerbach and Leo Spitzer (1). In his introduction to Auerbach’s tome, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Thought, Edward Said cited professor Green’s book as “an important book on.

Email this Article Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Shop the latest titles by Professor Robert Scholes at Alibris including hardcovers, paperbacks, 1st editions, and audiobooks from thousands of sellers worldwide.

Literary Criticism and the Structures of History: Erich Auerbach and Leo Spitzer by Geoffrey Green, Professor Robert Scholes (Foreword by). (November 9, ndash; October 13, ) was a German philologist and comparative scholar and critic of literature.

His best known work is Mimesis, a history of representation in Western literature from ancient to modern.