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Read online The Girard Reader.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Girard Reader In one volume an anthology of seminal work of one of the twentieth century s most original thinkers by René Girard, James G. Williams

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The Girard Reader
Title:The Girard Reader
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Number of Pages:328
Category:Philosophy, Non fiction, Religion, Theology, Essays, Literary criticism
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Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure, Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, Sacrifice, Resurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky, A Theatre of Envy: William Shakespeare, The Girard Reader, The Scapegoat, Violence and the Sacred, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
Rene Girard holds up the gospels as mirrors that reveal our broken humanity and shows that they also reflect a new reality that can make us whole Like Simone Weil Girard looks at the Bible as a map of human behavior and sees Jesus Christ as the turning point leading to new life The title echoes Jesus words I saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven Girard persuades us that even as our world grows increasingly violent the power of the Christ event is so great that the evils of scapegoating and sacrifice are being defeated even now A new community God s nonviolent kingdom is being realized even now, This study extends beyond the scope of literature into the psychology of much of our contemporary scene including fashion advertising and propaganda techniques In considering such aspects the author goes beyond the domain of pure aesthetics and offers an interpretation of some basic cultural problems of our time, Widely regarded as one of the most profound critics of our time Rene Girard has pursued a powerful line of inquiry across the fields of the humanities and the social sciences His theories which the French press has termed l hypothese girardienne have sparked interdisciplinary even international controversy In i The Scapegoat i Girard applies his approach to texts of persecution documents that recount phenomena of collective violence from the standpoint of the persecutor documents such as the medieval poet Guillaume de Machaut s i Judgement of the King of Navarre i which blames the Jews for the Black Death and describes their mass murder br br Girard compares persecution texts with myths most notably with the myth of Oedipus and finds strikingly similar themes and structures Could myths regularly conceal texts of persecution Girard s answers lies in a study of the Christian Passion which represents the same central event the same collective violence found in all mythology but which is read from the point of view of the innocent victim The Passion text provides the model interpretation that has enabled Western culture to demystify its own violence a demystification Girard now extends to mythology br br Underlying Girard s daring textual hypothesis is a powerful theory of history and culture Christ s rejection of all guilt breaks the mythic cycle of violence and the sacred The scapegoat becomes the Lamb of God the foolish genesis of blood stained idols and the false gods of superstition politics and ideologies are revealed, In this groundbreaking work one of our foremost literary and cultural critics turns to the major figure in English literature William Shakespeare and proposes a dramatic new reading of nearly all his plays and poems The key to A Theater of Envy is Rene Girard s novel reinterpretation of mimesis For Girard people desire objects not for their intrinsic value but because they are desired by someone else we mime or imitate their desires This envy or mimetic desire he sees as one of the foundations of the human condition br Bringing such provocative and iconoclastic insights to bear on Shakespeare Girard reveals the previously overlooked coherence of problem plays like Troilus and Cressida and makes a convincing argument for elevating A Midsummer Night s Dream from the status of a chaotic comedy to a masterpiece The book abounds with novel and provocative interpretations Shakespeare becomes a prophet of modern advertising and the threat of nuclear disaster is read in the light of Hamlet Most intriguing of all perhaps is a brief but brilliant aside in which an entirely new perspective is brought to the chapter in Joyce s Ulysses in which Stephen Dedalus gives a lecture on Shakespeare In Girard s view only Joyce perhaps the greatest of twentieth century novelists comes close to understanding the greatest of Renaissance playwrights br Throughout this impressively sustained reading of Shakespeare Girard s prose is sophisticated but contemporary and accessible to the general reader Anyone interested in literature anthropology or psychoanalysis will want to read this challenging book And all those involved in theatrical production and performance will find A Theater of Envy full of suggestive new ideas