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Rene Girard and Myth: An Introduction (Richard Golsan) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2002) 9780415937771

Title: Rene Girard and Myth: An Introduction

Author: Golsan, Richard

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415937771

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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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.


"For the student of myth the book marks a promising prospect for the future direction of myth studies; for the Girardian, it signals the move from marginal to mainstream of a theory that not only rocks the closed hierarchy of academic disciplines but may open the way to an eventual, even wider, interinstitutional dialogue."--The Bulletin of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion

"... an excellent and much needed introduction not only to Girard's concept of myth but to Girard's thought in general."--Cesareo Bandera, Zygon

"A clear, well-balanced treatment of Girard's writings and thought. [Contains] the most complete bibliography pertaining to Girard's research that has yet appeared in print."--James G. Williams, Religion

"Golsan makes the foundations of Girardian theory as accessible as possible."--Gary M. Ciuba, Kent State University Christianity and Literature, Autumn 2002

"Golsan's lucid account makes it clear that his subject's main contribution to myth has been the insight that myth is a narrative that suppresses the violence from which it originates It is, indeed, an ambitious work that seeks to encompass various modern approaches to both myth and literature, most traditional types of myth, and most of the important developments in "mythification" in twentieth-century literature."--Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword

List of Abbreviations


Chapter One: From Triangular Desire to Interdividual Psychology

Chapter Two: Sacrificial Violence and Scapegoat

Chapter Three: Myth

Chapter Four: The Bible: Antidote to Violence

Chapter Five: Girard's Critics and the Girardians


A Venda Myth Analyzed by Rene Girard


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