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Auerbach first draws our attention to the moment in book nineteen of the Odyssey , after Odysseus has returned in disguise from his wanderings, when the old servant woman Euryclea notices a scar on his leg and recognises him. At this point in the narrative, there is a long digression that explains how Odysseus came to have the scar a hunting accident and how Euryclea is aware of this because she has known him since he was young. Auerbach contrasts this with the biblical story of Abraham, whom God orders to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Here we find a very different style of narrative, notable for its lack of explanatory detail. God speaks to Abraham from a contextless void. Abraham obeys without question.

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Post a comment. Erich Auerbach. Erich Auerbach, Mimesis : [Auerbach was one of those towering European intellectuals, with encyclopedic knowledge of almost everything, who gave real meaning to the word scholarship.

A German Jew b. He spent the war years in Turkey, where—without benefit of his library or research materials—he wrote Mimesis , a study of Western culture and imagination that includes detailed discussions of Homer, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Goethe, Woolf, among others. He explained the difficulties this way: Mimesis "was written during the war and at Istanbul, where the libraries are not well equipped for European studies.

International communications were impeded; I had to dispense with almost all periodicals, with almost all the more recent investigations, and in some cases with reliable critical editions of my texts.

The lack of technical literature and periodicals may also serve to explain that my book has no notes. It is all very different in the Biblical stories. Their aim is not to bewitch the senses, and if nevertheless they produce lively sensory effects, it is only because the moral, religious, and psychological phenomena which are their sole concern are made concrete in the sensible matter of life.

But their religious intent involves an absolute claim to historical truth. The story of Abraham and Isaac is not better established than the story of Odysseus, Penelope, and Euryclea; both are legendary.

He had to believe in it passionately [. Sree Kumar]. Labels: Bharathiar University--M. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.

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It examines the differences between the two types of writing about reality as embodied by Homer 's Odyssey and the Old Testament. In the essay, Auerbach introduces his anti-rhetorical position, a position developed further in the companion essay "Fortunata" ch. Auerbach proceeds with this comparative approach until the triumph of Flaubert , Balzac and "modern realism" ch. While the former can be various and arbitrary, multilayered in its characterization of people and events, the latter is the epitome of detailed, organized and logical storytelling informed by the rhetorical tradition. Although he acknowledged that both works exercised an enormous influence over subsequent Western literature , Auerbach held that the true motivation behind the representations of reality in both the Bible and the Odyssey lay within and without aesthetic considerations.

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Next reread Odyssey Book On the one hand, externalized, uniformly illuminated phenomena, at a definite time and in a definite place, connected together with lacuna in a perpetual foreground; thoughts and feelings completely expressed; events taking place in leisurely fashion and with very little of suspense. On the other hand, the externalization of only so much of the phenomena as is necessary for the purpose of the narrative, all else left in obscurity; the decisive points of the narrative alone are emphasized, what lies between is non existent; time and place are undefined and call for interpretation; thoughts and feeling remain unexpressed, are only suggested by the silence and the fragmentary speeches; the whole permeated with the most unrelieved suspense and directed toward a single goal and that extent far more of a unity , remain mysterious and 'fraught with background. Homer must even recall what happened to Odysseus in the past rather than leave it unexplained. On the other hand, Genesis does not explain to us Abraham's every motive. We are left to infer his obedience, fear, and love for both God and his son. The conflict in Homer's work is between characters and explicit struggles.

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Post a comment. Erich Auerbach. Erich Auerbach, Mimesis : [Auerbach was one of those towering European intellectuals, with encyclopedic knowledge of almost everything, who gave real meaning to the word scholarship. A German Jew b. He spent the war years in Turkey, where—without benefit of his library or research materials—he wrote Mimesis , a study of Western culture and imagination that includes detailed discussions of Homer, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Goethe, Woolf, among others. He explained the difficulties this way: Mimesis "was written during the war and at Istanbul, where the libraries are not well equipped for European studies. International communications were impeded; I had to dispense with almost all periodicals, with almost all the more recent investigations, and in some cases with reliable critical editions of my texts.

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