Definition: Derived from the Greek word of the same spelling, translated to mean to imitate or to represent, today, mimesis relates to mimicry, primarily in any of the fine arts, which includes literature. For the intents of this assignment, this is how we will define it.

Please spend some time reading about MIMESIS and ART here: UNIVERSITY of CHICAGO. Think about how this could apply to literature.

Project Directions: After you have spent the time required researching for your literary analysis, but before you write your mimesis, you should spend some time revisiting the works of your chosen author. This will allow you to use O’Connor’s or Poe’s writing as a model for your own creative writing. Focus on the parts of the writer’s craft, which you find most distinct, most powerful and most appealing. Use these parts to influence and inspire your own writing. Your writing should emulate either O’Connor or Poe’s style. It should imitate the writer’s style, but in an original way. It should be a tribute to your writer, but be wary of copying the work verbatim, as you know this is an obvious form of plagiarism.

I suggest that as you write, you get lost in your own ideas and then reflect afterwards, asking, “How would O’Connor/Poe approach this story?” Then, tweak your work from there. Of course, if another method works better for you, then by all means, use it!

For this portion of the author study, please include:
  • a well-developed short story, with an original title, written in the style of your chosen author
  • a letter of reflection in which you explain which aspects of the writer’s style you attempted to emulate, as well as explaining how you captured your chosen author’s essence, whilst being an original piece of work.
  • both items should be double-spaced, normal, readable 12-point font, 1" margins)

Note that I am NOT providing a page requirement for this portion of the assignment, but I did include the descriptor well-developed. Please keep this in mind as you write.

Mimesis Scoring Guide:
Short Story
100 points: Emulation of original author’s work, whilst remaining original
50 points: Conventions

Reflection Letter
50 points: Explores the choices made in the work
25 points: Standard English Conventions