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Mimesis und Fiktion in Literatur, Bildender Kunst und Musik

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The essay first tries to interpret the differentiation of >mimesis< and >diegesis< as it is found in Plato's >Politeia< in view of the problems inherent to the concept of mimesis as such. Considering Aristotle's >Poetics< and Augustine's >Soliloquia<, the argument proceeds to a discussion of the relation between >mimesis< and fictionality. This short overview of the discussion in classical times serves as an introduction to the main argument, which consists in scrutinizing the pertinence of the concept of >mimesis< to the three arts apostrophized in the title. The essay postulates that for semiotic reasons the pertinence of the category to music is given only on a level of abstraction that resists conceptual articulation. The thesis proper, then, consists in an attempt to discuss in detail the complex relation between >mimesis< as a concept applicable to literary texts on the one hand and paintings on the other. In conclusion, the essay tries to gain some general insights into the relationship between the two arts.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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  • The Journal for Aesthetics and General Art History (Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, "ZÄK") was established in 1906. It contains articles, miscellany, and reviews and continues to provides a forum for the fields of the "theory of beautiful and the philosophy of art", "theory of particular arts" and the "methodology of art history". The journal contains peer reviewed articles, predominantly in German, but also in English and French language. Thematically arranged special issues appear in irregular intervals and expand the program.

    Die "Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft" wurde 1906 gegründet. Sie bildet ein Forum für die Problembereiche Philosophie des Schönen und der Kunst, Theorie der einzelnen Künste und Methodologie der Kunstwissenschaften. Seit 1966 erscheint die "Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft" wieder in zwei Halbjahresbänden (von 1966 bis 1999 beim Bouvier Verlag). Die "ZÄK" enthält folgende Rubriken: 1. Abhandlungen; 2. Miszellen; 3. Besprechungen. Beiträge werden im peer-review-Verfahren und vorzugsweise in deutscher, aber auch in englischer oder französischer Sprache veröffentlicht. Die Diskussionen der Zeitschrift werden erweitert und vertieft durch themenorientierte Sonderhefte, die in loser Folge erscheinen.

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