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5.0 out of 5 stars lucid and insightful -- an enlightening read, 30 Jun. 1998
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This book was an unexpected pleasure. Mythology and cultural anthropology have always been of interest to me, but Girard's scintillating and illuminating ideas, in my opinion, blast through the ubiquitious shadows which cling to and obscure our broader vision. I loved it -- not because of the often revolting realities of human nature which it illuminates, but because of it's unswerving quest for truth. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning defense of cultural order against violence., 4 Aug. 1999
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Those who read contemporary French criticism will understand where Kristeva and others culled their best insights. Girard shows how violence both generates and destroys cultural order. Religious attempts to curtail violence, and modern secularists remain more ignorant than ever of the "virus" of violence, which they displace onto the secondary realm of sexuality. Girard is most brilliant when revealing how myths occlude persecution, scapegoating, and surrogate victimization. Essential reading for feminists as Girard indirectly reveals that women (via Freud) have become the surrogate victims du jour of man's power to evade confronation with his own violence.
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Violence and the Sacred (Continuum Impacts)
Violence and the Sacred (Continuum Impacts) by Rene Girard (Paperback - 13 Feb. 2005)
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