To Double Business Bound : Essays on Literature, Mimesis and Anthropology

To Double Business Bound : Essays on Literature, Mimesis and Anthropology

Description

An individual desires an object, not for itself, but because another individual also desires it. This mimetic desire, Rene Girard contends, lies at the source of all human disorder and order. In brilliant readings of Dante, Camus, Nietzsche, Dostoevski, Levi-Strauss, Freud, and others, Girard draws out the thesis of mimetic desire -- and ponders its suppression in the West since Plato: "The historical mutilation of mimesis ...was no mere oversight, no fortuitous 'error.' Real awareness of mimetic desire threatens the flattering delusion we entertain not only about ourselves as individuals but also about the nature and origin of that collective self we call our society."


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Details

Author(s)
Rene Girard
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 16.26mm | 369g
Publication date
01 Mar 1988
Publisher
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Baltimore, MD, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
No
ISBN10
0801836557
ISBN13
9780801836558
Bestsellers rank
841,796