Deceit, Desire and the Novel has ratings and 30 reviews. of the World by René Girard The Genesis of Desire by Jean-Michel Oughourlian Deceit, Desire. When René Girard’s Mensonge romantique et vérité Romanesque {Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure) first appeared in , fifty. “Deceit, Desire, and the Literature Professor: Why Girardians Exist. .. 16 Girard sees a glimpse of this in the endings of the novels he likes.

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Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure by René Girard

Michigan State University Press. The main thing is to make the Other taste the rare, ineffable, and fresh quality of one’s scorn for him”. Then I read this novvel.

Show 25 25 50 All. Given that most novels are explicitly about human desires, you would reasonably assume that novels are a good way to learn about those desires.

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It doesn’t matter if like me you’ve never read the novels Girard analyzes here; you’ll still come away wowed. What this book shows is that Girard did not invent the concept of mimetic desire or discover it; he discovered OTHER people’s discovery of mimetic desire.

As he puts it: Kristeva on Women and Violence Bloomington: Feltrinelli, ; John W. You don’t really want to be rich. Girard, Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: After the French Revolution, it is no longer possible for the nobility to simply be: Fordham University Press, The greatness of modern authors, according to Girard, would be measured by their ability to show, with phenomenological insight, the fabric of human relationships, dominated and shaped by intersubjective drives and forces chiefly driven by competitive imitationand the reality of modern pseudo individualism, wrestling with a social world that has been divested of any form of religious transcendence, but desperately trying to recuperate some substitute forms by investing other individuals with a power that can be called at the same time transcendental and metaphysical.


Aristocratic writers used to nlvel up appearances by claiming that they never intended their works to be printed. Legenda-Maney,30— Here, the derivative nature of desire is clearly acknowledged.

Il segreto del desiderio umano colto dai grandi romanzieri. Girard, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, 2—3. More than the revulsion of mimetic desire, Schramm is in fact interested in the role of sacrifice in modern cultures: It is our belief that an nove, critical discussion is to be preferred to forms of exclusionary criticism.

Ark,xvii. In considering such aspects, the author goes beyond the domain of pure aesthetics and offers an interpretation of some basic cultural problems of our time. In this book he traces this discovery in five great novelists: Girard, Evolution and Conversion, — Now if the mediator is someone who is wayyy out of your league, you will be satisfied in following his footsteps towards becoming like him ahem, Christ. Stanford University Press,xiv. Sex, No Thanks To a contemporary critical reader interested in theories of desire it is quite striking that in Deceit, Desire, and the Novel there are no preoccupations with sexuality.

When we reconsider embodied practices of mimesis and desire, we can hold to the course from which Girard diverged and retrieve for mimetic theory insights that remain vital to it. Oxford University Press, Modernism and the Mimetic Unconscious East Lansing: Writers themselves are not immune to mimetic desire. He brings up Cervantes, Stendhal, Proust, and Dostoevsky as exemplars of “novelistic geniuses” because they understand the triangular nature of desire.


In theory: Mimetic desire

The first section of Part 2 is therefore devoted to a discussion of some an texts, from the classical and medieval period. He was born in the southern French city of Avignon on Christmas day in The mediator, who aroused desire for the object in the first place, comes to be seen as an obstacle to the fulfilment of this very desire: Due sono le questioni da esplorare: Girard, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, 3.

Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending: So far so good.

Princeton University Press, Attempting to build psychological theories out of literary plots, rather than the reverse process of showing how great novels adhere to established psychological models, is dangerous. What is in fact revealed is the nothing- ness behind identity and behind life and dezire.

He completed a PhD in history at Indiana University in but also began to teach literature, the field in which he would first make his reputation. The space in which it is inscribed is no longer the nation-state or the metropolis. Vintage,