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- DescriptionWidely regarded as one of the most profound critics of our time, Rene 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'hypothese girardienne, have sparked interdisciplinary, even international, controversy. In The Scapegoat, Girard applies his approach to texts of persecution, documents that recount phemena 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 tably 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 incent victim. The Passion text provides the model interpretation that has enabled Western culture to demystify its own violence-a demystification Girard w 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.
- Author BiographyRene Girard is Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization at Stanford University. Two of his books, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, which was also translated by Yvonne Freccero, and Violence and the Sacred, are available from Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Author(s)Rene Girard
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1986
- LanguageEnglish & French
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Weight363 g
- Width155 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Translated byYvonne Freccero
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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