Where do the images in our imagination come from? These images, Eva Brann reminds us, are not what they themselves display. They feign or imitate or copy what they seem to stand for. Ms. Brann turns and returns to a consideration of the nature of these images using words, their etymology, and their capacity to prompt image-making in her adventure in tracking down the ultimate source of our inner images.
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Eva Brann was a member of the senior faculty at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she taught for more than sixty years. She holds degrees from Brooklyn College and Yale University and is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Feigning is her thirteenth book from Paul Dry Books. Her other books include Pursuits of Happiness, Iron Filings or Scribblings, How to Constitute a World, Doublethink / Doubletalk, Then & Now, Un-Willing, The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, The Music of the Republic, and Homeric Moments.