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    René Girard's Observations on "Homosexuality" in His Major Writings: Some Critical Clarifications.James N. F. Alison - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):55-75.
    Girard discusses "homosexuality" on three occasions in his oeuvre. Late in the first chapter of Deceit, Desire, & the Novel he discusses the relationship between Veltchaninov and Troussotsky, characters in Dostoyevsky's The Eternal Husband. Then in Part III of Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World the sections entitled "Homosexuality" and "Mimetic Latency and Rivalry" are dedicated to the subject. Indeed, in the latter of these Girard reproduces his discussion of Veltchaninov and Troussotsky from the earlier book. Finally, he (...)
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    Locating Love Amid the Violence: Girard, Vattimo, and the Radicality of Love.Colby Dickinson - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):111-128.
    To try to recover something of the religious framework that is inextricably connected to the history of apophatic thought amid the emancipatory claims of various modern nihilisms, I find it helpful to consider how contemporary philosophical views have worked steadily toward an eradication of the false sacred in our world in order to produce nothing more than an empty space that might nonetheless yield the possibility for something like a source of sacrality to appear—though being careful to refrain from making (...)
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    Desiring Machines: Machines That Are Desired and Machines That Desire.Paul Dumouchel - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):99-110.
    What is a machine? What distinguishes a machine from a tool or a simple instrument—for example, a knife, a hammer, an ax, or a pencil? Tools are technical objects that can be seen as extending or continuing a bodily action. They augment its efficiency. To push, hit, tear, pierce, crush, grasp, or throw: tools and simple instruments allow us to do better what, to some extent, we can already do without them. They enhance our performance, make the action easier, more (...)
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    "Pacific" Ethno-National Identities: Victims, Persecutors, and the Quest for Identity.David García-Ramos Gallego & David Atienza de Frutos - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):171-200.
    The processes of globalization, embraced with such eagerness in the 1990s, started being reviewed a decade later, having revealed a vicious underside. Behind the diverse masks of globalization hide murderous identities that promise different types of violence. During Brexit, the referendum in June 2016 that was to decide whether the United Kingdom left the European Union or stayed in it, Britain rejected what the EU represents—a common identity—to pursue a road on its own—a separate identity.1 Significantly, one of the elements (...)
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    Sacrifice and Evolutionary Incentive: Epigenetic Applications of the Ritual.Margherita Geniale - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):77-97.
    Nowadays in paleoanthropology it becomes more and more evident that the process of encephalopathy has guided our evolutionary line and that it can be investigated following two main strands of interpretation: the one based on selective mechanisms, which act on large numbers and in a completely random way, and the strand that constitutes the cornerstone of the Darwinian perspective on the evolution of life; or the one that is articulated according to a philosophical approach, aimed at formulating a "law of (...)
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    The Frontier of Race in Mimetic Theory: American Lynchings and Racial Violence.Julia Robinson Moore - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):1-31.
    René Girard stands as one of the most fascinating figures in the study of violence and religion. As a thinker, theorist, and theologian, his contribution to literary and cultural theory is indicative of his profound ability to see beyond societal phenomena into the very mechanizations of human existence. Historians, economists, philosophers, psychologists, and even neuroscientists have followed Girard's lead and stepped into the waters of mimetic theory in order to surf the waves of such concepts as desire, imitation, and violence. (...)
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  7. Green-Eye and Mimetic Desire in Strindberg.Anders Olsson - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):33-53.
    Like Marcel Proust, the late Strindberg stands on the threshold between realism and modernism, where memory and the hidden truths of the mind demand radically new literary representation. The great realist tradition of the nineteenth century still remains vital for him in a novel like The Scapegoat [Syndabocken], where the heritage from Balzac is obvious. But in the last decades before his death in 1912 he also produces some of his most spectacular works, experimenting with genre conventions, with dream logic (...)
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    Kindly Scandal: A Mimetic Theory of Humor.Duncan Reyburn - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):201-236.
    "The structural patterns of the comic … deny the sovereignty of the individual."The question of the nature of humor is not new. Many have applied themselves to understanding it in both general and specific ways, and because of the widespread interest in the subject, humor research is not limited to any one discipline or theory, although many available humor theories conform to the concerns of particular paradigms. Given the inevitable and pervasive pluralism around humor, there is no dominant perspective on (...)
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  9. A Girardian Interpretation of the Market Mechanism in Neo-Classical Economics.Hyeon Joon Shin - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):129-170.
    Why are human beings inclined to commit violence that finally brings themselves into conflict? How could human beings have maintained their society that is full of violence and conflicts? René Girard's theory of mimetic desire and the scapegoat mechanism are the answers to these two anthropological questions. Even though his theory basically belongs to the tradition of anthropological philosophy, it is not limited to that realm. In reality, his theory has been applied in other academic disciplines, in particular, in social (...)
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    Strangers in Paradise: Reenacting Proximity in Time of Pandemic.Simeon Theojaya - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):237-249.
    In 2019, Kathryn Frost looks for conjunction where mimetic theory and attachment theory can agree on the issue of human proximity. Her search starts from an apparent conflict between René Girard's cautionary stand against proximity and attachment theory that favors proximity-seeking as a formative experience in one's personal development. She comes with a plan for "a hybrid of mimetic theory that privileges attachment … and caregiving,"1 and designs a program "to break through the mimetic vortex of conflict cycles."2Both mimesis as (...)
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    Yazidis: A Tale of a Lost, Found, and Misunderstood Legacy in the Light of Mimetic Theory.Shakir Muhammad Usman - 2021 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 28 (1):251-280.
    A faint smell of rosemary permeates the room; it is a soft and soothing smell. Weaving into it is another, not as sweet but an amiable one, and a few more sniffs will reveal that it is the comforting smell of a sweating body after a long, tiring walk. Small drops of sweat sit on the broad forehead of a young male figure sitting on a bedstead, quiet except for an occasional deep and very prolonged breath that inhales decades of (...)
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