Invention vs. Mimesis -- Inaugural Issue of the Rat's Mouth Review

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The Rat's Mouth Review - Graduate Literary Journal of Florida Atlantic University
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In 1913, Ezra Pound articulated the literary imperative for the modernists' age: "Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth," and later urged artists to "Make it New." Conversely, the Hebraic King Solomon wrote, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9 NIV).

Between Solomon and Pound's writing existed millions of artists, literary and otherwise. Potentially millions more existed before Solomon's assigning all production, artistic or otherwise to mimesis. Yet even millions more existed after Pound. Artists will continue to exist long after we are gone. Are all artists hopelessly engaged in mimetic reproduction? Or is every artist either carving from tradition or forging an entirely new production, thereby generating what Pound calls "a beginning, an invention, a discovery" that is be of great worth?

With this aesthetic concern in mind, we are proud to introduce a new graduate journal, The Rat's Mouth Review, operated by the English graduate students and under a faculty advisory board at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

For our inaugural issue, we are seeking submissions of graduate student work from around the world on the topic of mimesis versus invention. The Rat's Mouth Review, as a journal, seeks to invent itself, few would argue that it is not doing so in a mimetic fashion. We emulate other journals in order to forge our own identity and we do so with the hope of being "of [great] worth." To accomplish this, we require your contributions.

We are seeking submissions of short essays of approximately 1,200 words in length. Longer essays will be accepted too (7,000-9,000 words) but preference will be given to concise explications of texts that analyze the thematic concern of invention versus mimesis. End notes should be kept at a minimum. Book reviews on this topic are also welcome, as are interviews, exhibition reviews, and other scholarly submissions. All submissions should conform to the third edition of the MLA style guide.

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Joel Wilson, Editor-in-Chief:
Frank Babrove, Managing Editor: