Renâe Girard's Mimetic Theory

Renâe Girard's Mimetic Theory

eBook - 2013
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A systematic introduction into the mimetic theory of the French-American literary theorist and philosophical anthropologist Ren Girard, this essential text explains its three main pillars (mimetic desire, the scapegoat mechanism, and the Biblical difference) with the help of examples from literature and philosophy. This book also offers an overview of Ren Girard's life and work, showing how much mimetic theory results from existential and spiritual insights into one's own mimetic entanglements. Furthermore it examines the broader implications of Girard's theories, from the mimetic aspect of sovereignty and wars to the relationship between the scapegoat mechanism and the question of capital punishment. Mimetic theory is placed within the context of current cultural and political debates like the relationship between religion and modernity, terrorism, the death penalty, and gender issues. Drawing textual examples from European literature (Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, Kleist, Stendhal, Storm, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Proust) and philosophy (Plato, Camus, Sartre, Lvi-Strauss, Derrida, Vattimo), Palaver uses mimetic theory to explore the themes they present. A highly accessible book, this text is complemented by bibliographical references to Girard's widespread work and secondary literature on mimetic theory and its applications, comprising a valuable bibliographical archive that provides the reader with an overview of the development and discussion of mimetic theory until the present day.
Publisher: East Lansing :, Michigan State University Press,, 2013
Copyright Date: Ă2013
ISBN: 9781628961072
1628961074
9781628951073
1628951079
9781609173654
1609173651
9781611860771
1611860776
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 403 pages)
Additional Contributors: Borrud, Gabriel - Translator

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