This and similar illustrations or explanations are put forth, not for their own sake, or as an exposition of Plato's theory of ideas, but with a view of showing that poetry and the mimetic
arts are concerned with an inferior part of the soul and a lower kind of knowledge.
In saying this, I intended to imply that we must come to an understanding about the mimetic
art,--whether the poets, in narrating their stories, are to be allowed by us to imitate, and if so, whether in whole or in part, and if the latter, in what parts; or should all imitation be prohibited?
Modernity has, in effect, caused people to fall into the trap of thinking that one can do what one pleases, despite the fact that the trappings of modern culture cause us to fall farther and farther down the rabbit hole of mimetic
Synopsis: War, violence, and the disruption of social orders are critical areas of focus in mimetic
theory, and a mimetic
perspective applied to the study of politics illuminates social processes and phenomena over and beyond typical explanations offered by mainstream political science.
This revised dissertation examines the status of the victim in the work of Rene Girard and Raymund Schwager, the Innsbruck theologian most responsible for bringing mimetic
theory into Catholic theology.
Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic
Theory uses Rene Girard's neglected early work on sensory experience and blends literary criticism with a healthy dose of psychology in considering mimetic
He is the author of nearly thirty books (see below), in which he developed the ideas of: mimetic
desire: all of our desires are borrowed from other people; mimetic
rivalry: all conflict originates in mimetic
desire; the scapegoat mechanism is the origin of sacrifice and the foundation of human culture, and religion was necessary in human evolution to control the violence that can come from mimetic
rivalry; the Bible reveals the three previous ideas and denounces the scapegoat mechanism.
The phantom of the ego; modernism and the mimetic
1) Answering the objection of Marxist critic Lucien Goldman to this thesis, Girard insists that the great writer's disavowal of the mimetic
desire that has enslaved him to his models always gains symbolic expression in the novel's conclusion through some sort of death and rising, (2) even when "the resort to Christian symbolism .
He is the author of nearly thirty books, in which he developed the ideas of mimetic
desire (all of our desires are borrowed from other people) and mimetic
rivalry (all conflict originates in mimetic
Known as a "supergene", this clustering allows genetic combinations that are favoured for their mimetic
resemblance to be maintained, while preventing combinations that produce non-mimetic
patterns from arising.
Rene Girard's work in mimetic
theory has found its way into various disciplines--literary studies, anthropology, psychology, theology, and religious studies--no doubt because of the remarkable revelatory power his mimetic
theory and scapegoat mechanism have provided for scholars.