>From: "Douglas Friedlander" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Art as Imitation (7/30/05; collection)
>We would like to invite you to contribute an essay to a critical anthology
>that examines the relationship between imitation, creation, and the
>created object. Our working title is *Mirror up to Nature: Art as
>Imitation.* The collection will consist of a set of essays in various
>disciplines within the Arts and Humanities, essays which will explore the
>issues of mimesis and metaphor in the context of modern, postmodern, and
>contemporary art, literature, film, and architecture.
>The essays we will include should examine some of the following questions:
>What is the relationship of the creative act to the object imitated?
>Is all art inherently imitative?
>What does it mean to say something is imitative?
>Does metaphor require mimesis?
>What is the relationship between verbal/visual metaphor and the
>What is the distinction between imitation and interpretation?
>What is the relationship between invented worlds and historical worlds?
>What is the value of mimetic form?
>Is expression a form?
>How are space and time represented in the created object?
>What constitutes a copy?
>What constitutes the transformative act in the self-referential post-modern
>What is the expressive element of imitation?
>The approach we are seeking is not primarily historical, nor are we
>seeking discussions that are purely theoretical. We ask that theory be
>explored with reference to specific works.
>Abstracts of proposed papers should be submitted by July 30 to the
> Prof. Douglas Friedlander or Prof. David Pushkin
> 130 Hofstra University
> Roosevelt Hall 211
> Hempstead, NY 11549
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