René Girard's Mimetic Theory (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)

René Girard's Mimetic Theory (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)

Wolfgang Palaver


A systematic advent into the mimetic idea of the French-American literary theorist and philosophical anthropologist René Girard, this crucial textual content explains its 3 major pillars (mimetic hope, the scapegoat mechanism, and the Biblical “difference”) with assistance from examples from literature and philosophy. This booklet additionally bargains an summary of René Girard’s lifestyles and paintings, exhibiting how a lot mimetic conception effects from existential and non secular insights into one’s personal mimetic entanglements. moreover it examines the wider implications of Girard’s theories, from the mimetic point of sovereignty and wars to the connection among the scapegoat mechanism and the query of capital punishment. Mimetic idea is positioned in the context of present cultural and political debates just like the dating among faith and modernity, terrorism, the dying penalty, and gender concerns. Drawing textual examples from ecu literature (Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, Kleist, Stendhal, typhoon, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Proust) and philosophy (Plato, Camus, Sartre, Lévi-Strauss, Derrida, Vattimo), Palaver makes use of mimetic idea to discover the topics they current. A hugely obtainable ebook, this article is complemented by means of bibliographical references to Girard’s frequent paintings and secondary literature on mimetic idea and its purposes, comprising a precious bibliographical archive that offers the reader with an outline of the advance and dialogue of mimetic concept until eventually the current day.

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