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-Goulburn 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
Scott Cowdell, Joel Hodge and Chris Fleming
Part I: Finding Our Bearings
1. René Girard, Modernity, and Apocalypse
Part II: Biblical Studies
2. "Like Being Dragged Through a Bush Backwards": Hints of the Shape of Conversion's Adventure
3. Finding the Way: How to Study Scripture with the Help of Scripture and the Desert Fathers
4. Sacred Men and Sacred Goats: Mimetic Theory in Levitical and Passion Intertext
Part III: Theology
5. Beyond Locked Doors: The Breath of the Risen One
Anthony J. Kelly, CSsR
6. Torture and Faith: The Violent Sacred and Christian Resistance in East Timor
7. Girard and the Tasks of Theology
Part IV: Literary Studies
8. René Girard, Jacques Derrida's The Gift of Death, and Salman Rushdie
9. Grace Can Be Violent: Flannery's O'Connor's Novelistic Truth
Part V: History and Political Thought
10. Europe and Enmity: How Christianity Can Contribute to a Positive Identity
11. Herodian Aspects of the English Reformation Monarchy: Girardian Insights into Unacknowledged Brutality
12. Human Rights: Controlling the Uncontrollable?
Part VI: Developments and Critiques
13. Hard Evidence for Girardian Mimetic Theory? Intersubjectivity and Mirror Neurons
14. Nietzsche, the Last Atheist
Chris Fleming and John O'Carroll
15. Is All Desire Mimetic? Lonergan and Girard on the Nature of Desire and Authenticity
Glossary of Key Girardian Terms
Some Further Reading