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Homo Mimeticus II

Re-Turns To Mimesis

Nidesh Lawtoo (Editor), Marina Garcia-Granero (Editor),

Category: Literature, Media and Visual Culture, Philosophy, Political Science

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462704411

Publication date: November 14, 2024

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Number of pages: 370

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Category: Literature, Media and Visual Culture, Philosophy, Political Science

Language: English

ISBN: 9789461665959

Publication date: November 14, 2024

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Number of pages: 370

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Funded by: ERC
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Category: Literature, Media and Visual Culture, Philosophy, Political Science

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461665942

ISBN: 9789461665942

Publication date: November 14, 2024

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Number of pages: 370

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Second volume of the Homo Mimeticus series to advance the emerging transdisciplinary field of mimetic studies

After the linguistic and the affective turns, the new materialist and the performative turns, the cognitive and the posthuman turns, it is now time to re-turn to the ancient, yet also modern and still contemporary realization that humans are mimetic creatures. In this second installment of the Homo Mimeticus series, international scholars working in philosophy, literary theory, classics, cultural studies, sociology, political theory, and the neurosciences engage creatively with Nidesh Lawtoo’s Homo Mimeticus: A New Theory of Imitation to further the transdisciplinary field of mimetic studies.

Agonistic critical engagements with precursors like Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Bataille, Irigaray and Girard, involving contributions by leading international thinkers such as Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, William E. Connolly, Henry Staten and Vittorio Gallese among many others, reveal the urgency to rethink mimesis beyond realism. From imitation to identification, mimicry to affective contagion, techne to simulation, mirror neurons to biomimicry, Homo Mimeticus casts a shadow—but also a light—on the present and future, from social media to the Anthropocene.

Nidesh LawtooORCID icon

Nidesh Lawtoo is a philosopher and cultural/literary critic. He is professor of Modern European Literature and Culture at Leiden University and principal investigator of the European Research Council project 'Homo Mimeticus'.

Marina Garcia-GraneroORCID icon

Marina García-Granero is an assistant professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Valencia.

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

Henry Staten

Carlos Carvalhar

Teresa Casas Hernández

Mark Pizzato

Kieran Keohane

Carmen Kuhling

William Johnsen

Niki Hadikoesoemo

María del Carmen Molina Barea

Carmen Bonasera

Evelyne Ender

Henry Dicks

William E. Connolly

Vittorio Gallese

This volume offers a mapping of mimetic studies, effectively demonstrating the hermeneutic relevance of this new/old strand of research. A book that inspires and provokes scholars from all fields to make their own contributions. – Gilberto Scaramuzzo, Roma Tre University

This volume is an excellent addition to the literature on mimesis, bringing new voices into consideration and offering original perspectives on a satisfying range of familiar figures. Several chapters are destined to become classics in the field, and the volume will as a whole contribute in valuable ways to the ongoing development of mimetic studies. – Matthew Potolsky, The University of Utah

A demonstration of the force of a key concept in the European Humanities. - Gunter Gebauer, Freie Universität Berlin

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