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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

Bloomsbury Revelations

By (author) Rene Girard
Translated by Michael Metteer, Stephen Bann
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Published: 25th Feb 2016
Dimensions: w 138mm h 217mm d 32mm
Weight: 600g
ISBN-10: 1474268439
ISBN-13: 9781474268431
Barcode No: 9781474268431
Synopsis
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World presents a highly original global theory of culture. Here, in his greatest work, Rene Girard explores the function of violence, mimetic desire and the mechanism of the scapegoat, in the history of society and religion. Girard's vision is a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

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Rene Girard's work is both a rationally articulated study and a prophetic vision of the hidden origins of culture and the nature of cultural processes. In its enormous, breathtaking scope it suggests the projects of those nineteenth century intellectual giants (Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud) who still cast long shadows today. By contrast, contemporary criticism seems paltry and faint-hearted. * Comparative Literature * [A] highly readable talent for analyzing and deconstructing myth... original and provocative. * Sunday Times * One of the most striking theories of human culture ever presented. * Christianity and Literature *