Violence and the Sacred

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JHU Press, 1979 - History - 333 pages
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Violence and the Sacred is René Girard's landmark study of human evil. Here 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.

 

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User Review  - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing

Hard to read. Impossible to forget. Reality changing. A whole new way to understand humanity. Everyone should read it and the world may change for the better. Read full review

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

Girard's thesis is that violence is at the heart of the sacred, that violence belongs to all, and no one. Sacrifice restores order to society as the end of religious practice. This is an important and ... Read full review

Contents

Sacrifice
1
The Sacrificial Crisis
39
Oedipus and the Surrogate Victim
68
The Origins of Myth and Ritual
89
Dionysus
119
From Mimetic Desire to the Monstrous Double
143
Freud and the Oedipus Complex
169
Totem and Taboo and the Incest Prohibition
193
LeviStrauss Structuralism and Marriage Laws
223
The Gods the Dead the Sacred and Sacrificial Substitution
250
The Unity of All Rites
274
Conclusion
309
Bibliography
319
Index
325
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René 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 The Scapegoat, are available from Johns Hopkins University Press.