Mirror, Mirror

Leslie Robinson


Like with so many other everyday things that become extensions of ourselves, we experience the mirror—in that look and see moment—routinely and habitually. With unfaltering precision the mirror captures my face, immediately copying it back for me to examine. We owe, in part, our visual perceptions of self to the mirror’s convenient and ready-at-hand presence. Yet, is there not more to the mirror than relentless reflection? Looking to poetic, mythical and experiential accounts of the mirror reveal how it can surprise, jolt, distort, fool, engulf or otherwise interpolate us. In this way, our encounters with the mirror seem to manifest variously and differentially. It is at once there and not there, tangible and intangible, solid and transparent, and truthful and deceitful.


Phenomenology, Mirror, Thing, Truth, Fallacy

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