Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mocking Bird Technologies – The Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes - Fordham Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mocking Bird Technologies: The Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes

Christopher GoGwilt


The volume offers an extended meditation on different senses of bird mimicry in literature: the way birds mimic humans, the way humans mimic birds, and the way mimicry of any kind involves technologies of mimicry that extend across as well as beyond languages and species. The essays examine the historical, poetic, and semiotic problem of mimesis exemplified both by the imitative behavior of parrots, starlings, and other mocking birds, and by the poetic trope of such birds in a range of literary and philological traditions. Drawing from a cross-section of traditional periods and fields in liter ... More

Keywords: birds, comparative, global, literature, mimicry, parrots, starlings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823278480
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823278480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher GoGwilt, editor
Fordham University

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.