Mimesis

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Mimesis refers to an imitation of nature, or the practice in writing of "showing" instead of "telling."

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Definition

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Examples

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Critical Debates

"Showing, enacting (as opposed to telling, recounting)" (Prince 52) -Gerald Prince, Dictionary of Narratology

"Direct presentation of words and actions of characters; often called 'dramatic'" (Martin 124) -Wallace Martin, Recent Theories of Narrative

"The imitation of action by performance" (Abbott 193) -H. Porter Abbott, The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

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