Table of contents for Ren‚e Girard : violence and mimesis / Chris Fleming.


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Acknowledgements                                             ix
Abbreviations                                                xi

Introduction                                                  1

1 Mimetic Desire                                              9
   Desire and mimesis                                        10
   The epistemology of literature, or, literature as
     epistemology?                                           12
   Mimesis and the dynamics of rivalry: internal and
     external mediation                                      16
   Pseudo-masochism, pseudo-sadism, and 'metaphysical
     desire'                                                 24
   Metaphysical desire and Stendhalian modernity             29
   The engagement with psychoanalysis                        32

2 Sacrificial Crisis and Surrogate Victimage                 41
   Monstrous doubles: the sacrificial crisis                 42
   The scapegoat and the surrogate victimage
     mechanism                                               47
   Ritual: re-enacting the sacred                            54
   Prohibition: proscribing the sacred                       64
   Concluding short excursus on the social and the sacred    67

3 Myth, Tragedy, History                                     70
   Hominization: the birth of the human                      71
   Myth: narrating the sacred                                77
   Short excursus on Levi-Strauss and structuralism          84
   Tragedy: surrogate victimage 'through a glass darkly'     89
   Between myth and history: texts of persecution           101

4 Non-Sacrificial Violence: The Judeo-Christian
   Scriptures                                               111
   The Bible and world myth                                 115
   Dionysus versus the Crucified                            124
   The return of the repressed: things hidden since the
     foundation of the world                                130
   The skandalon                                            136
   Historical Christianity                                  143
   Conclusion: sacred allergies                             149

5 Conclusion                                                152

Notes                                                       165
References and Bibliography                                 188
Index                                                       203





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Girard, Ren‚e, 1923-Culture Philosophy