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Girard, René 1923-2015

Works: 667 works in 2,452 publications in 13 languages and 65,358 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Essays  Interviews  Commentaries  History  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Author of introduction, Translator, Interviewee, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Interviewer, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., 070, Correspondent, Collector
Classifications: BT736.15, 848.914
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Violence and the sacred by René Girard( Book )

222 editions published between 1972 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 3,134 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 )

161 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,401 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
Sartre : a collection of critical essays by Edith Kern( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 2,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a key to evaluation and appreciation of Jean-Paul Sartre's writings and of the basic precepts of Existentialism
Proust : a collection of critical essays by René Girard( Book )

20 editions published between 1962 and 1977 in English and French and held by 2,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Violent origins : Walter Burkert, René Girard & Jonathan Z. Smith on ritual killing and cultural formation by Walter Burkert( )

21 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 1,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,623 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
The scapegoat by René Girard( Book )

80 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 1,540 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
Resurrection from the underground : Feodor Dostoevsky by René Girard( )

44 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,412 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
"To double business bound" : essays on literature, mimesis, and anthropology by René Girard( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacrifice by René Girard( )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 896 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
Job, the victim of his people by René Girard( Book )

49 editions published between 1985 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 875 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
Things hidden since the foundation of the world by René Girard( Book )

29 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and Danish and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, religion, and psychoanalysis. In its scope and itnerest it can be compared with Freud’s Totem and Taboo, the subtext Girard refutes with polemic daring, vast erudition, and a persuasiveness that leaves the reader compelled to respond, one way or another. This is the single fullest summation of Girard’s ideas to date, the book by which they will stand or fall. In a dialogue with two psychiatrists (Jean-Michel Oughourlian and Guy Lefort), Girard probes an encyclopedic array of topics, ranging across the entire spectrum of anthropology, psychoanalysis, and cultural production. Girard’s point o departure is what he calles “mimesis,” the conflict that arises when human rivals compete to differentiate themselves from each other, yet succeed only in becoming more and more alike. At certain points in the life of a society, according to Girard, this mimetic conflict erupts into a crisis in which all difference dissolves in indiscriminate violence. In primitive societies, such crises were resolved by the “scapegoating mechanism,” in which the community, en masse, turned on an unpremeditated victim. The repression of this collective murder and its repetition in ritual sacrifice then formed the foundations of both religion and the restored social order. How does Christianity, at once the most “sacrificial” of religions and a faith with a non-violent ideology, fit into this scheme? Girard grants Freud’s point, in Totem and Taboo, that Christianity is similar to primitive religion, but only to refute Freud--if Christ is sacrificed, Girard argues, it is not becuase God willed it, but becaus ehuman beings wanted it. The book is not merely, or perhaps not mainly, biblical exegesis, for within its scope fall some of the most vexing problems of social history--the paradox that violance has social efficacy, the function of the scapegoat, the mechanism of anti-semitism
The one by whom scandal comes by René Girard( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 803 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( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 749 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
A theater of envy : William Shakespeare by René Girard( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author proposes dramatic new interpretations of nearly all of Shakespeare's plays and poems
Anorexia and mimetic desire by René Girard( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ren Girard shows that all desires are contagious and the desire to be thin is no exception. In this compelling new book, Girard ties the anorexia epidemic to what he calls mimetic desire: a desire imitated from a model. Girard has long argued that, far from being spontaneous, our most intimate desires are copied from what we see around us. In a culture obsessed with thinness, the rise of eating disorders should be no surprise. When everyone is trying to slim down, Girard asks, how can we convince anorexic patients to have a healthy outlook on eating? Mixing theoretical sophistication with irreverent common sense, Girard denounces a culture of anorexia and takes apart the competitive impulse that fuels the game of conspicuous non-consumption. He shows that showing off a slim physique is not enough the real aim is to be skinnier than one's rivals. In the race to lose the most weight, the winners are bound to be thinner and thinner. Taken to extremes, this tendency to escalation can only lead to tragic results. Featuring a foreword by neuropsychiatrist Jean-Michel Oughourlian and an introductory essay by anthropologist Mark R. Anspach, the volume concludes with an illuminating conversation between Ren Girard, Mark R. Anspach, and Laurence Tacou
I see Satan fall like lightning by René Girard( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 643 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
Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde by René Girard( Book )

84 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 492 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 320 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
Oedipus unbound : selected writings on rivalry and desire by René Girard( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These hard-to-find writings afford an inside look at the emergence of Girard's scapegoat theory from his pioneering analysis of rivalry and desire. Girard unbinds the Oedipal triangle from its Freudian moorings, replacing desire for the mother with desire for anyone or anything a rival desires
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Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue
Deceit, desire, and the novel; self and other in literary structureViolent origins : Walter Burkert, René Girard & Jonathan Z. Smith on ritual killing and cultural formationChristianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogueThe scapegoatResurrection from the underground : Feodor Dostoevsky"To double business bound" : essays on literature, mimesis, and anthropologySacrificeJob, the victim of his people
Alternative Names
Chīrār, Rīnīh 1923-

Chīrār, Rīnīh, 1923-2015

Girad René Noël Théophile

Girard, R.

Girard René

Girard, René, 1923-

Girard, Rene 1923-2015

Girard, René Noel 1923-

Girard, René Noel 1923-2015

Girard, René Noël Théophile‏ 1923-2015

Girard'as René

Renatus Girard

René Girard anthropologue et philosophe français

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René Girard critico letterario e antropologo francese

René Girard Frans filosoof

René Girard fransk-amerikansk historiker, litteraturvetare och filosof

René Girard fransk-amerikansk historiker, litteraturviter og filosof

René Girard französischer Literaturwissenschaftler, Kulturanthropologe und Religionsphilosoph

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

Zhirar, Rene 1923-2015

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Žirārs, Renē 1923-

Žirārs, Renē, 1923-2015

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رنه ژیرار

رينيه جيرار، 1923-

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지라르, 르네 1923-2015

ジラール, R

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