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Girard, René 1923-2015

Works: 506 works in 2,172 publications in 14 languages and 55,195 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Interviews  Commentaries  Art  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator, Honoree, Other, Compiler, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewer, Contributor, Correspondent
Classifications: BT736.15, 843.912
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Violence and the sacred by René Girard( Book )

236 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 2,757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Violence and the Sacred is Girard's study of human evil. Girard explores violence as it is represented and occurs throughout history, literature and myth. Girard's forceful and thought-provoking analyses of Biblical narrative, Greek tragedy and the lynchings and pogroms propagated by contemporary states illustrate his central argument that violence belongs to everyone and is at the heart of the sacred."--Jacket
Deceit, desire, and the novel; self and other in literary structure by René Girard( Book )

163 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussion of the thesis that any goal which the protagonist of a novel seeks has been suggested by a mediator and that this "triangular desire" is the form of all great novels
Proust: a collection of critical essays by René Girard( Book )

17 editions published between 1962 and 1977 in English and held by 2,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Things hidden since the foundation of the world by René Girard( Book )

143 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultuurtheorie van de hoogleraar Franse taal, letterkunde en cultuur aan de Stanford University over het ontstaan en de ontwikkeling van cultuur en religie
The scapegoat by René Girard( Book )

83 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely regarded as one of the most profound critics of our time, René Girard has pursued a powerful line of inquiry across the fields of the humanities and the social sciences. His theories, which the French press has termed "l'hypothèse girardienne," have sparked interdisciplinary, even international, controversy. In The Scapegoat, Girard applies his approach to "texts of persecution," documents that recount phenomena of collective violence from the standpoint of the persecutor -- documents such as the medieval poet Guillaume de Machaut's Judgement of the King of Navarre, which blames the Jews for the Black Death and describes their mass murder. Girard compares persecution texts with myths, most notably with the myth of Oedipus, and finds strikingly similar themes and structures. Could myths regularly conceal texts of persecution? Girard's answers lies in a study of the Christian Passion, which represents the same central event, the same collective violence, found in all mythology, but which is read from the point of view of the innocent victim. The Passion text provides the model interpretation that has enabled Western culture to demystify its own violence -- a demystification Girard now extends to mythology. Underlying Girard's daring textual hypothesis is a powerful theory of history and culture. Christ's rejection of all guilt breaks the mythic cycle of violence and the sacred. The scapegoat becomes the Lamb of God; "the foolish genesis of blood-stained idols and the false gods of superstition, politics, and ideologies" are revealed
"To double business bound" : essays on literature, mimesis, and anthropology by René Girard( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Job, the victim of his people by René Girard( Book )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans la foulée de ses précédents livres sur la violence et le sacré, un commentaire très contemporain du Livre de Job. Un solide apport à la théorie de l'auteur sur le bouc émissaire
A theater of envy : William Shakespeare by René Girard( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author proposes dramatic new interpretations of nearly all of Shakespeare's plays and poems
Violent origins : Walter Burkert, René Girard & Jonathan Z. Smith on ritual killing and cultural formation by René Girard( Book )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resurrection from the underground : Feodor Dostoevsky by René Girard( Book )

38 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in English and French and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most original thinkers of our time - Rene Girard - looks at one of the greatest novelists of all time - Feodor Dostoevsky - and draws new insights for the ages. Timeless themes of despair, hope and love take on new meaning when seen through the lens of the great Russian novelist and focused on our times. Although Rene Girard has lived in the United States for most of his life, this seminal work was first published in France fifteen years ago and is now available in English for the first time. It makes an important contribution to both literary and religious studies
I see Satan fall like lightning by René Girard( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"René Girard holds up the gospels as mirrors that reveal our broken humanity, and shows that they also reflect a new reality that can make us whole. Like Simone Weil, Girard looks at the Bible as a map of human behavior, and sees Jesus Christ as the turning point leading to new life." "The title echoes Jesus' words: "I saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven." Girard persuades us that even as our world grows increasingly violent the power of the Christ-event is so great that the evils of scapegoating and sacrifice are being defeated even now. A new community, God's nonviolent kingdom, is being realized - even now."--Jacket
Oedipus unbound : selected writings on rivalry and desire by René Girard( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mimesis and theory : essays on literature and criticism, 1953-2005 by René Girard( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text brings together 20 of René Girard's uncollected essays on literature and literature theory, which along with his classic, 'Deceit, Desire, and the Novel', have left an indelible mark on the field of literary and cultural studies
Critique dans un souterrain by René Girard( Book )

34 editions published between 1976 and 1993 in French and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

17 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies often polarizes around simplistic reductions, making efforts at reconciliation impossible. Yet more rational stances do exist, positions that broker a peace between relativism and religion in people's public, private, and ethical lives." "Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith advances just such a dialogue, featuring the collaboration of two major philosophers known for their progressive approach to this issue. Seeking unity over difference, Gianni Vattimo and Rene Girard turn to Max Weber, Eric Auerbach, and Marcel Gauchet, among others, in their exploration of truth and liberty, relativism and faith, and the tensions of new forms of religiously inspired violence." "Vattimo and Girard ultimately conclude that secularism and the involvement (or lack thereof) of religion in governance are, in essence, produced by Christianity. In other words, Christianity is "the religion of the exit from religion," and democracy, civil rights, the free market, and individual freedoms are all facilitated by Christian culture. Through an exchange both intimate and enlightening, Vattimo and Girard share their unparalleled insight into religion, modernity, and the role of Christianity, especially as it exists in our multicultural world."--Jacket
Sacrifice by René Girard( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Sacrifice, René Girard interrogates the Brahmanas of Vedic India, exploring coincidences with mimetic theory that are too numerous and striking to be accidental. Even that which appears to be dissimilar fails to contradict mimetic theory, but instead corresponds to the minimum of illusion without which sacrifice becomes impossible. The Bible reveals collective violence, similar to that which generates sacrifice everywhere, but instead of making victims guilty, the Bible and the Gospels reveal the persecutors of a single victim. Instead of elaborating myths, they tell the truth absolut
Shakespeare : les feux de l'envie by René Girard( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in French and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le but de cet ouvrage est de montrer que plus un critique approfondit la théorie mimétique, plus son regard se fait pénétrant à l'égard du texte shakespearien (cf. l'introduction, p. 9-17) ou, en d'autres mots, que les thèmes de Shakespeare entrent dans le cadre des recherches du philosophe Girard sur une théorie générale du désir (la triangularité). Prix Médicis-Essais 1990. L'auteur (en 1990-1991) enseignait aux Etats-Unis, à l'Université de Standord
The one by whom scandal comes by René Girard( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is there so much violence in our midst?" Ren ̌Girard asks. "No question is more debated today. And none produces more disappointing answers." In Girard's mimetic theory it is the imitation of someone else's desire that gives rise to conflict whenever the desired object cannot be shared. This mimetic rivalry, Girard argues, is responsible for the frequency and escalating intensity of human conflict. For Girard, human conflict comes not from the loss of reciprocity between humans but from the transition, imperceptible at first but then ever more rapid, from good to bad reciprocity. In this landmark text, Girard continues his study of violence in light of geopolitical competition, focusing on the roots and outcomes of violence across societies latent in the process of globalization. The volume concludes in a wide-ranging interview with the Sicilian cultural theorist Maria Stella Barberi, where Girard's twenty-first century emphases on the continuity of all religions, global conflict, and the necessity of apocalyptic thinking emerge
For René Girard : essays in friendship and in truth by Sandor Goodhart( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his explorations of the relations between the sacred and violence, René Girard has hit upon the origin of culture - the way culture began, the way it continues to organize itself. The way communities of human beings structure themselves in a manner that is different from that of other species on the planet. Like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Émile Durkheim, Martin Buber, or others who have changed the way we think in the humanities or in the human sciences, Girard has put forth a set of ideas that have altered our perceptions of the world in which we function. We will n
Battling to the end : conversations with Benoît Chantre by René Girard( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The escalation to extremes -- Clausewitz and Hegel -- Duel and reciprocity -- The duel and the sacred -- Hölderlin's sorrow -- Clausewitz and Napoleon -- France and Germany -- The pope and the emperor
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Chīrār, Rīnīh 1923-

Chīrār, Rīnīh, 1923-2015

Girard, R.

Girard René

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Girard, René Noel 1923-

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Renatus Girard

René Girard anthropologue et philosophe français

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René Girard critico letterario e antropologo francese

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René Girard französischer Literaturwissenschaftler, Kulturanthropologe und Religionsphilosoph

René Girard French historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science

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Žirārs, Renē 1923-

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Žurar, Rene 1923-2015

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Жирар, Рене

Жирар, Рене 1923-

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Рене Жирар

רנה ז'יראר

رنه ژیرار

رينيه جيرار، 1923-

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지라르, 르네 1923-

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Deceit, desire, and the novel; self and other in literary structureThings hidden since the foundation of the worldThe scapegoat"To double business bound" : essays on literature, mimesis, and anthropologyJob, the victim of his peopleA theater of envy : William ShakespeareViolent origins : Walter Burkert, René Girard & Jonathan Z. Smith on ritual killing and cultural formationResurrection from the underground : Feodor Dostoevsky