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    "The Enemy is the External Form of Our Own Question": Four Notes on the Mimetic Roots of Political Identities.Maria Stella Barberi - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):1-7.
    This essay concerns political identities as related to the existence of an enemy. Here are four methodological key points as topics for discussion.Even in the natural biological environment, where imitation has its real beginning, we find not only a subject and an object, but also a third element: René Girard calls it "the model of desire."1 The subject desires the object insofar as the model is imagined to want the same object. Therefore, mankind's dependence on the model is, as it (...)
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  2. Ecstatico-Objectual Mediation: A New Approach to the Enigma of Human Culture.Giuseppe Fornari - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):193-241.
    125. The madman. Have you not heard of that madman who lighted a lantern at the bright sunshine of the morning, ran to the market, and began ceaselessly screaming: "I seek God! I seek God!"?This present essay is a shortened and adapted version of the first chapter of a large book of mine devoted to a comparison between ancient Greece and Christianity, shortly to be published in English by Michigan State University Press. Its theoretical core is the idea of mediation, (...)
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  3. Protecting Identity: Violence and Its Representations in France, 1815–1830.Ralph Hage - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):49-77.
    After Napoleon's final defeat of 1815 and before the beginnings of the second great wave of French colonialism in the 1830s, during a period of great internal political crisis, French society produced an object called The Death of Sardanapalus. This painting represented what was then a somewhat familiar figure, the "Oriental," an outsider behaving badly and set to die for it.Based on the mimetic theory, this essay argues that in the relation it determines with its viewers, this painting's representation of (...)
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    Tauromachia as Counter-Sacrificial Ritual: Insights From Mimetic Theory.Brian Harding - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):243-263.
    Many proponents and opponents of the Corrida de Toros agree in describing the practice as a sacrifice. This surprising agreement is compounded by a further agreement that the sacrificial victim is the bull. In what follows, I contest both points. Beginning with the later, I argue that the victim is not the bull but the torero, especially the matador. Rather than seeing the corrida as the sacrifice of the bull, it is the deferred sacrifice of the torero, and the crowd (...)
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    Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Mimetic Desire in a Geopolitical Context.Michael S. Koppisch - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):119-136.
    Critical readings of the novels and essays by the Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid tend to emphasize the social and political aspects of his work. In his discussion of Hamid's best known novel, Peter Morey, for example, affirms that "in both its form … and its content, The Reluctant Fundamentalist addresses contemporary questions about national vs globalized structures of power."1 He then goes on to cite Matthew Hart and Jim Hansen, for whom the novel "is concerned with subjects like cross-cultural romance, (...)
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    Violence and the Mimetic Unconscious : The Cathartic Hypothesis: Aristotle, Freud, Girard.Nidesh Lawtoo - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):159-191.
    It might be left to the specialist philosophers to act as spokesmen and mediators in this matter, once they have largely succeeded in reshaping the original relationship of mutual aloofness and suspicion which obtains between the disciplines of philosophy, physiology, and medicine into the most amicable and fruitful exchange.What is the relation between violence and the unconscious in a world increasingly dominated by representations that are fictional yet might turn out to have effects that are all too real? Does an (...)
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    The Reception of René Girard's Thought in Finland and Scandinavia: From the 1980s to the Present.Hanna Mäkelä - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):95-118.
    Back in 2008, when I was still in the process of writing my PhD thesis on René Girard's mimetic theory and its applications to the narrative poetics of certain post-1960 Anglophone novels, I was struck by an interesting and perhaps inevitable geographical phenomenon. I had just been admitted to a European doctoral program that was centered in a German university but that included also other institutions, both north and south of our Central European headquarters. The "Northern" dimension was represented by (...)
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  8. The Pre-Human Biological and Cultural Transmission of the Effects of Originating Sin.S. J. Nathan W. O'Halloran - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):27-48.
    In recent years, the biological inheritance of what has been traditionally known as original sin has come more clearly to the fore. Examining the genetic forebears of Homo sapiens has allowed for a richer understanding of what exactly the "propagation" of original sin might really mean. The wounded imperfection of the human biological inheritance has clarified matters concerning the question of where exactly original sin comes from. Since the human experience of sentience and agency is built biologically upon the shoulders (...)
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  9. "More American Than America": Mimetic Theory and the East Asia–United States Rivalries.Matthew J. Packer - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):9-26.
    The stakes of the United States–China rivalry, as everyone knows, are enormous. But rarely do accounts of the transpacific relationship acknowledge its mirror-like nature. Commentary has focused on the singularity of China's rise, on the differences between the two countries, and on their each being historically exceptional—when in reality today the two have, as "peer competitors," become models for one another and increasingly alike. As Americans deny the implications of China's emulation of American ways, insisting the Chinese "dream their own (...)
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    Spain From a Girardian Perspective.Ángel J. Barahona Plaza - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):137-157.
    The history of Spain in the 20th and 21st century provides us with many examples of mimetic rivalry: the permanent conflict between peoples who inhabit a common territory, seeking their identity through the affirmation of differences. In the never-ending reciprocities that occur throughout the decades, with ferocious feuding between the left and right wings, and disputes between nationalities, we appreciate how the Girardian theses shine some light on conflictive and at times bloody relationships that would be difficult to understand without (...)
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    Mimesis, Clothed in Violence.Otto von Busch - 2018 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 25 (1):79-94.
    For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.Fashion is a mimetic phenomenon. It thrives in the pleasures and desires of imitation. As sociologist Yuniya Kawamura notices in her book Fashion-ology, early sociologists, such as Veblen, Tarde, and Simmel, all regard fashion as (...)
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