does anyone have a copy of erich auerbach's Mimesis?
• United States
28 Feb 07
This is taken from the website listed below. There is more information on the site. I hope it is what you were looking for. http://www.cs.utk.edu/~evers/think/mimesis/theory.htm Example 1: Don, the agent (brown) does not start out with any desires. Don reads some romantic fiction about the Knight, Sir Gawain. Sir Gawain is the Model (blue). So Don looks up to Sir Gawain, and what does he see? He sees a character with particular desires. Don does not know who Don is and therefore feels empty of identity. Don desires to have an identity. He finds the identity of Sir Gawain to be one he himself would like to have. Sir Gawain desires various Objects. Let us say that Sir Gawain desires a new faster stronger horse (red). A rather knightly thing to desire. Don copies the desire for the horse from Sir Gawain in order to copy the identity of Sir Gawain. In Summation: Don Quixote knows that his desires are imitative but wrongly believes that it is possible and desirable for him to realize the style of life associated with his [romantic] fictional model. [Livingston 96] Don Quixote feels empty of any independent or substantial self. Hearing stories of a romantic knight he is struck by the hero's sense of identity. He takes on the desires of his model in the hopes of feeling an identity from the inside. But according to Mr. Girard, this can never happen. All desire is forever mediated through the Model, self and identity are always the performance of the Agent as the Model. The Agent has no independent self, because identity is always borrowed, never owned.