Violence, Desire and the Sacred presents the most up-to-date inter-disciplinary work being developed with the ground-breaking insights of René Girard's mimetic theory. The collection showcases the work of outstanding scholars in mimetic theory and how they are applying and developing Girard's insights in a variety of fields. Girard's mimetic insight has provided a fruitful way for different disciplines, such as literature, anthropology, theology, religion studies, cultural studies, and philosophy, to engage on common anthropological ground, with a shared understanding of the human person. The aim of this edited collection is to present this interdisciplinary work and to illustrate how Girard's insights provide fertile ground for bringing together disparate disciplines in a shared purpose. As academic work on Girard's insights is growing, this collection would meet the need to show the critical, interdisciplinary applications of these insights.
About the Author
Scott Cowdell is Associate Professor and Research Fellow in Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia, Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburban Anglican Diocese, and Founding President of the Australian Girard Seminar
Chris Fleming is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Anthropology, School of Humanities and Languages, the University of Western Sydney, Australia. His is the author of Violence and Mimesis (2004) and is current Vice-President of the Australian Girard Seminar.
Joel Hodge is Lecturer in Systematic Theology, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Australia. He is the author of Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor and is current Treasurer and Secretary of the Australian Girard Seminar.
Wolfgang Palaver is Professor and Chair of the Institute for Systematic Theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austrian, and President of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R).
Table of Contents
ForewordAnn AstellContributorsIntroductionScott Cowdell, Joel Hodge and Chris FlemingPart I: Finding Our Bearings1. René Girard, Modernity, and ApocalypseScott CowdellPart II: Biblical Studies2. "Like Being Dragged Through a Bush Backwards": Hints of the Shape of Conversion's AdventureJames Alison3. Finding the Way: How to Study Scripture with the Help of Scripture and the Desert FathersDraško Dizdar4. Sacred Men and Sacred Goats: Mimetic Theory in Levitical and Passion IntertextDebra AnstisPart III: Theology5. Beyond Locked Doors: The Breath of the Risen OneAnthony J. Kelly, CSsR6. Torture and Faith: The Violent Sacred and Christian Resistance in East TimorJoel Hodge7. Girard and the Tasks of TheologyKevin LenehanPart IV: Literary Studies8. René Girard, Jacques Derrida's The Gift of Death, and Salman RushdieVijay Mishra9. Grace Can Be Violent: Flannery's O'Connor's Novelistic TruthJeremiah AlbergPart V: History and Political Thought10. Europe and Enmity: How Christianity Can Contribute to a Positive IdentityWolfgang Palaver11. Herodian Aspects of the English Reformation Monarchy: Girardian Insights into Unacknowledged Brutality Ivan Head12. Human Rights: Controlling the Uncontrollable? Peter StorkPart VI: Developments and Critiques13. Hard Evidence for Girardian Mimetic Theory? Intersubjectivity and Mirror NeuronsScott Cowdell14. Nietzsche, the Last AtheistChris Fleming and John O'Carroll15. Is All Desire Mimetic? Lonergan and Girard on the Nature of Desire and AuthenticityNeil OrmerodGlossary of Key Girardian TermsSome Further ReadingIndex