The insufficiency of the legacy of antiquity

Costa Lima, Luiz (2008) The insufficiency of the legacy of antiquity. Crossroads, 2 2: 159-164.

Author Costa Lima, Luiz
Title The insufficiency of the legacy of antiquity
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1839-8774
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 159
End page 164
Total pages 6
Editor Matthew Lamb
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Language eng
Formatted abstract
An excerpt from Costa Lima’s latest book, História. Ficção. Literatura (2006), this section
briefly examines the exceptionality of Aristotle’s Poetics, and the history of its reception
down to our own time; in doing so, Costa Lima reiterates the point made elsewhere (see
Complement to the “Preface”), that ‘the proposed and transformed conception of mimesis
cannot be thought as a sort of recovery of the ancient Greek meaning. The Greek
conception of mimesis was correlated to a cosmos conception which would make no sense
to us.’ But this should not lead to a discarding of the notion; rather, as Costa Lima stresses
here, it leads instead to ‘the importance of rethinking the concept of mimesis and
removing it from the ostracism, stipulated by those who for centuries converted it into a
tattered dogma. To do so, as long as we know how to distinguish it from the modern
subordination to a certain state of society, where then its presence at the most would be to
bear witness to the historical moment.’
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Additional Notes Special Issue on Luiz Costa Lima

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