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Cohn, Jesse: "“I Revive, Renew, and Re-establish”. Mimetic Catastrophe in Ben Katchor's The Jew of New York." In: Critique. Studies in Contemporary Fiction 50 (2009), S. 365–376. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.3200/CRIT.50.4.365-376
BibTeX citation key: Cohn2009
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Jew of New York", Judentum, Katchor. Ben, Mimesis, Repräsentation, USA
Creators: Cohn
Collection: Critique. Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Abstract
For all of its narrative complexity, Ben Katchor's The Jew of New York is tightly structured around a central motif: “mimetic catastrophe,” or the production of likenesses (imitations, resemblances, mimicries, and simulacra) in close and consistent association with disaster (exiles, degradations, murders, and conflagrations). This essay probes the possible significances of this motif in light of a number of important theories of mimesis, from ancient Jewish iconoclasm, for which representation blasphemes against a primary reality, to the varieties of postmodernism for which representation itself is the primary reality.
  
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