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?)