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Violence and the sacred

Violence and the sacred

Author: René Girard
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1977] ©1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This study of good and evil examines the presence of ritual violence in sacred ceremony.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Girard, René, 1923-2015.
Violence and the sacred.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1977
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: René Girard
ISBN: 0801819636 9780801819636 0826477186 9780826477187 0801822181 9780801822186
OCLC Number: 3186815
Notes: Translation of: La violence et le sacré, originally published in French in 1972.
Description: vii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Sacrifice --
The sacrificial crisis --
Oedipus and the surrogate victim --
The origins of myth and ritual --
Dionysus --
From mimetic desire to the monstrous double --
Freud and the Oedipus complex --
Totem and Taboo and the incest prohibition --
Levi-Strauss, structuralism, and marriage laws --
The gods, the dead, the sacred, and sacrificial substitution --
The unity of all rites.
Other Titles: Violence et le sacré.
Responsibility: Rene Girard ; translated by Patrick Gregory.


A brilliant study of human evil, that explores violence as it is represented and occurs throughout history, literature and myth.  Read more...


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His fascinating and ambitious book provides a fully developed theory of violence as the 'heart and secret soul' of the sacred. Girard's fertile, combative mind links myth to prophetic writing, Read more...

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