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De Man would and did give an alternative account, one that, I think, mystified what actually occurs in the seminar room and, by virtue of that mystification, enacted the mimeticism against which he inveighed.
I come from a tradition in which The Visionary Company and The Anxiety of Influence are simply true, in which the potency of the poets is so deeply intimidating that it does encourage what Plato would stigmatize as bad mimeticism in which one attempts to perform the inimitability of the poetry itself as an attempt to communicate its informing power.
In that essay, you put forth de Man as a paradoxical model insofar as his teaching seems to have avoided both what you call "seduction" and "recruitment" and thus avoided a certain kind of humanist mimeticism in which the student learns to reproduce the teacher’s world-view.
Cup of Coffee included here) added an unlikely note of structuralist mimeticism to the early-'60s Pop scene with which he was associated.
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