By René Girard
Widely considered as probably the most profound critics of our time, René Girard has pursued a strong line of inquiry around the fields of the arts and the social sciences. His theories, which the French press has termed "l'hypothèse girardienne," have sparked interdisciplinary, even overseas, controversy. In The Scapegoat, Girard applies his method of "texts of persecution," files that recount phenomena of collective violence from the perspective of the persecutor―documents corresponding to the medieval poet Guillaume de Machaut's Judgement of the King of Navarre, which blames the Jews for the Black demise and describes their mass murder.
Girard compares persecution texts with myths, so much significantly with the parable of Oedipus, and reveals strikingly related topics and constructions. may well myths usually hide texts of persecution? Girard's solutions lies in a research of the Christian ardour, which represents an identical valuable occasion, an analogous collective violence, present in all mythology, yet that is learn from the viewpoint of the blameless sufferer. the fervour textual content offers the version interpretation that has enabled Western tradition to demystify its personal violence―a demystification Girard now extends to mythology.
Underlying Girard's bold textual speculation is a strong concept of heritage and tradition. Christ's rejection of all guilt breaks the mythic cycle of violence and the sacred. The scapegoat turns into the Lamb of God; "the silly genesis of blood-stained idols and the fake gods of superstition, politics, and ideologies" are revealed.
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On the way to clarify epi demics, mythological universes have by no means wanted whatever greater than stereotypical crimes and naturally people who find themselves to blame of them. facts are available in ethnological records. Ethnologists are stunned by means of my blasphemies but for a very long time they've got had at their disposal the mandatory proof to verify them. In so