By Joel Weinsheimer

ISBN-10: 1138808644

ISBN-13: 9781138808645

ISBN-10: 1138808652

ISBN-13: 9781138808652

In this booklet, first released in 1984, Joel Weinsheimer advocates revitalizing the perform of imitating literature as a style acceptable for literary critics in addition to artists. The booklet is not just approximately imitation; it's itself an imitation, particularly of Samuel Johnson. As either the point of interest and mode of presentation, imitation is gifted no longer only as one of those poetry that after flourished within the eighteenth century but in addition as a type of feedback quite correct this present day. using arguments from philosophy of technological know-how, deconstruction, psycho-analysis, literary concept, semiotics and hermeneutics, Weinsheimer exhibits that the 3 major currents of suggestion liable for forcing imitation underground have been empiricism, originalism and historicism. the 3 important chapters of the publication pay attention to their representatives: John Locke, Edward younger and Thomas Warton. the writer then applies Johnsonian arguments – supported via these of Gadamer Peirce – to problem these objections and re-establish imitation as an intellectually defensible mode of writing.

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