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Description - Rene Girard and Myth by Richard Golsan

In this comprehensive introduction to the work of contemporary French critic Rene Girard, Richard Golsan focuses on Girard's theory of myth and its connections to his broader exploration of the origins of suffering and violence in Western culture. Golsan highlights two of Girard's primary concepts - mimetic desire and the scapegoat - and employs the concepts to illustrate the ways Girardian analysis of violence in biblical, classical, and folk myths has influenced recent work in theology, psychology, literary studies, and anthropology. The book concludes with an interview between Golsan and Girard, who offers his own analysis of the appropriation (and criticism) of his work by a politically and intellectually diverse company of scholars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415937771
ISBN-10: 0415937779
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 254
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Golsan

Richard Golsan is Professor of French at Texas A & M University. He is editor of The Papon Affair (Routledge 2000).

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