Mimesis - Currently no debate

General definition:

Communication of something by imitation or representation, as opposed to diegesis: communication of something by narration or report.

Associated practices:
narrative environment design - Narratology

Mimesis in narrative environment design

Communication of something by imitation or representation, as opposed to diegesis: communication of something by narration or report.

Mimesis and diegesis are very sharply separated in Aristotle’s account and thence in literary theory and narratology.

Things are not so clear cut in Narrative Environment Design. Many Narrative Environments incorporate mimesis in their ‘telling’ or narration’ strategy. In which case one could say that the mimesis becomes part of the diegesis of the Narrative Environment.

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Mimesis in Narratology

Communication of something by imitation or representation, as opposed to diegesis: communication of something by narration or report. From the Greek.

There is a lot of confusion about mimesis, because Plato and Aristotle conceived it in very different ways but related it to diegesis in the same way: one represents, the other reports; one embodies, the other narrates; one transforms, the other indicates; one knows only a continuous present, the other looks back on a past. See the good essay in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimesis

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