Girard, thought by many to be one of the most important, if
controversial, cultural theorists of the twentieth century. Girard s
work is extraordinarily innovative and wide–ranging, cutting across
central concerns in philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory,
anthropology, theology, and sociology.
In this much–needed introduction, Chris Fleming traces the development
of Girard s thought over forty years, describing the context in which he
worked and his influence on a number of disciplines. He unpacks the
hypotheses at the centre of Girard s thought mimetic desire, surrogate
victimage and scapegoating, myth, ritual, and the sacred and provides
an assessment of Girard s place in the contemporary academy.
Comprehensive and clearly written, this book constitutes an excellent
overview of Girard s work and is essential reading for students and
researchers in continental philosophy, theology, literary studies, French studies,
and cultural studies.
2. Mimesis and Interdividual Psychology.
3. Generative Violence: The Scapegoat Mechanism.
4. Nonsacrificial Violence: Girard s view of the Judeo–Christian Scriptures.
5. Girard s influence on other disciplines.
6. Responses to the theory: Critiques of Girard.