Written while Auerbach was teaching in Istanbul , Turkey , where he fled after being ousted from his professorship in Romance Philology at the University of Marburg by the Nazis in ,  it was first published in by A. Francke Verlag. From these two seminal Western texts, Auerbach builds the foundation for a unified theory of representation that spans the entire history of Western literature, including even the Modernist novelists writing at the time Auerbach began his study. Despite his treatment of the many major works, Auerbach apparently did not think he was comprehensive enough, and apologized in the original publication in explaining that he had access only to the 'insufficient' resources available in the library at Istanbul University where he worked;  Auerbach did not know Turkish and so could not use locally available sources, and did not have access to non-Turkish secondary sources. The mode of literary criticism in which Mimesis operates is often referred to among contemporary critics as historicism , since Auerbach largely regarded the way reality was represented in the literature of various periods to be intimately bound up with social and intellectual conventions of the time in which they were written. Auerbach considered himself a historical perspectivist in the German tradition he mentioned Hegel in this respect exploring specific features of style , grammar , syntax , and diction claims about much broader cultural and historical questions.
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Edward Said , Palestinian-American scholar, activist, and for many years Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, had a deep interest in the close connection between literature and exile, a subject that occupied much of his life of the mind since the time he was a graduate student at Harvard in the late fifties. For if you feel you cannot take for granted the luxury of long residence, habitual environment, native idiom, and you must somehow compensate for these things, what you write necessarily bears a unique freight of anxiety, elaborateness, perhaps even overstatement. On the contrary, Said had a tendency to strip some intellectual exiles—such as Auerbach or Theodore Adorno —of the historical and ideological context which led to their displacement and profoundly influenced their works written in exile. Both works begin from the premise that the Old Testament is inscribed in the form and content of Western civilization and draw on Christian figural interpretation of history—the view that Old Testament events and persons prefigure events and persons in the New Testament.
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