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I hear that I will be able to interview Crystal L. Downing… But, even if not… I wanted to touch on what I mentioned earlier… that mimesis and semiotics are connected at the hip.

First, if I may,

There is a difference between image and sign. There are many kinds of signs according to the degree of motivation and different kinds of images according to the degree of schematisation. These differences do not entail a transition from image to sign or from sign to image. There are many ways in which image and sign work together: the many forms of entwining of semiosis and mimesis. The difference between image and sign sheds a new light on the difference between art and science or philosophy

And then this one

The concept of mimesis is not very often used in the contemporary semiotic dialogue. This article introduces several views on this concept, and on the basis of these, mimesis is comprehended as a phenomenon of communication. By highlighting different semantic dimensions of the concept, mimesis is seen as being composed of phases of communication and as such, it is connected with imitation, representation, iconicity and other semiotic concept…

Then, go here.

I can’t wait to read her book!

(Say, IVP – how about a book on mimetic criticism?)

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. How about mimesis and games?

    The link is to an essay from Usenet, “Crimes Against Mimesis”, about text adventure games. (The real crime is the color scheme used for the HTML. Email me for a sane version.) I don’t know if the sense of ‘mimesis’ here is at all related to how you’re using it, but every time I see you post about mimesis, I think of this essay.

    There’s also a text adventure called “Sins Against Mimesis”, presumably inspired by this essay, which has lots of interactive-fiction community in-jokes.

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