Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005

Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005

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ISBN-13: 9780804781077
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Series: Cultural Memory in the Present
Pages: 343
Sales rank: 530,109
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

René Girard is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Civilization at Stanford University and a member of the Académie française. Robert Doran is James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester.

Table of Contents


Editor's Note     ix
Editor's Introduction: Literature as Theory     xi
History in Saint-John Perse     1
Valery and Stendhal     13
Classicism and Voltaire's Historiography     26
Pride and Passion in the Contemporary Novel     33
Stendhal and Tocqueville     42
Memoirs of a Dutiful Existentialist: Simone de Beauvoir     50
Marcel Proust     56
Marivaudage, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith     71
Formalism and Structuralism in Literature and the Human Sciences     80
Racine, Poet of Glory     96
Monsters and Demigods in Hugo     125
Bastards and the Antihero in Sartre     134
Critical Reflections on Literary Studies     160
Narcissism: The Freudian Myth Demythified by Proust     175
Theory and Its Terrors     194
Love and Hate in Chretien de Troyes' Yvain     214
Innovation and Repetition     230
Mimetic Desire in the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky     246
Conversion in Literature and Christianity     263
The Passionate Oxymoron in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet     274
Sources     291
Notes     293
Index     305

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