Rene Girard : Violence and Mimesis
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- Hardback | 224 pages
- 156 x 230 x 22mm | 458.14g
- 13 Sep 2004
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 Jan 1991
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Girard, thought by many to be one of the most important, if
controversial, cultural theorists of the twentieth century.Girard's
work is extraordinarily innovative and wide-ranging, cuttingacross
central concerns in philosophy, psychoanalysis, literarytheory,
anthropology, theology, and sociology.
In this much-needed introduction, Chris Fleming traces thedevelopment
of Girard's thought over forty years, describing the contextin which he
worked and his influence on a number of disciplines. He unpacksthe
hypotheses at the centre of Girard's thought - mimeticdesire, surrogate
victimage and scapegoating, myth, ritual, and the sacred -and provides
an assessment of Girard's place in the contemporaryacademy.
Comprehensive and clearly written, this book constitutes anexcellent
overview of Girard's work and is essential reading forstudents and
researchers in continental philosophy, theology, literary studies, French studies,
and cultural studies.
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