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

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

by René Girard

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Overview

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801836558
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/01/1988
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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