Aristotle's Poetics: the oldest and most influential work of western literary theory.
- Piet Gerbandy & Casper C. de Jonge
- 01 June 2017
- Historische Uitgeverij, Groningen
Aristotle's Poetics is the oldest and most influential work of western literary theory. Aristotle (384-322 BC) defines poetry as a form of mimesis (imitation) of human actions. He presents a short history of poetry, and focuses on the genres of tragedy and epic. Aristotle's concepts of mimesis, plot, unity, character, peripeteia and katharsis have had a profound influence on western art, literature and philosophy; these notions are still highly relevant to the experience of literature and art in the twenty-first century. This Dutch translation of Aristotle's work, with an extensive introduction (by Casper de Jonge) and an essay on the reception of the Poetics (by Piet Gerbrandy), is based on a new critical edition of Aristotle's Poetics by Leonardo Tarán and Dimtri Gutas (Leiden / Boston 2012). On the one hand, the translation is based on the most recent interpretations of Aristotle's Poetics. On the other hand, it aims at presenting the text in a clear and accessible way to the general reader. This book was shortlisted for the NKV Homerus Prize 2018 and the Filter Vertaalprijs 2018.