Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

Mime
(935 words)

In Roman antiquity, the Latin [ars] mimica denoted the bodily movements of an actor. The word “mime” was used as a synonym for “gesture” until the 19th century. Today, its meaning (in English and French, mime – the  German Mimik refers more specifically to facial expression, cf. also Mienenspiel, “facial play”) is confined to the use of body movements and facial expressions in the theatrical context, as a method of silently expressing a real or feigned emotion. This discussion will focus on the history of mime in the older sense of gesture, expression, and move…

Cite this page
Chapuis-Després, Stéphanie, “Mime”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024117>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



▲   Back to top   ▲