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The interdisciplinary French-American thinker Rene Girard (1923-2015) has been one of the towering figures of the humanities in the last half-century. The title of Rene Girard's first book offered his own thesis in summary form: romantic lie and novelistic truth [mensonge romantique et verite romanesque]. And yet, for a thinker whose career began by an engagement with literature, it came as a shock to some that, in La Conversion de l'art, Girard asserted that the novel may be an "outmoded" form for revealing humans to themselves. However, Girard never specified what, if anything, might take the place of the novel. This collection of essays is one attempt at answering this question, by offering a series of analyses of films that aims to test mimetic theory in an area in which relatively little has so far been offered. Does it make any sense to talk of verite filmique? In addition, Mimetic Theory and Film is a response to the widespread objection that there is no viable "Girardian aesthetics." One of the main questions that this collection considers is: can we develop a genre-specific mimetic analysis (of film), and are we able to develop anything approaching a "Girardian aesthetic"? Each of the contributors addresses these questions through the analysis of a film.

Author Biography

Paolo Diego Bubbio is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is the author of Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition: Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition (2014) and God and the Self in Hegel: Beyond Subjectivism (2017). His most recent book, entirely devoted to mimetic theory, is entitled Intellectual Sacrifice and Other Mimetic Paradoxes (2018). Chris Fleming is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Social and Cultural Analysis at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is an editor of the Bloomsbury series on mimetic theory, Violence, Desire, and the Sacred, and the author of Rene Girard: Violence and Mimesis (2004) and Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid (with Emma A. Jane) (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is also co-translator of Rene Girard and Raymund Schwager: Correspondence 1974-1991 (2016).
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February 21st, 2019
Edited by Scott Cowdell
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United States
Bloomsbury Academic USA
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