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Desire

Flaubert, Proust, Fitzgerald, Miller, Lana Del Rey

Per Bjørnar Grande (author)

ISBN: 9781611863215

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

Drawing on both modern masterpieces and iconic works of contemporary pop culture, Per Bjørnar Grande sketches a Girardian phenomenology of desire, one that sheds new light on the frustrating and repetitive nature of human relations in a world of vanishing taboos.
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Desire can take many forms. Hegel related desire to acceptance, Nietzsche to power, and Freud to the erotic. In novels and plays by Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Arthur Miller and music by Lana Del Rey, desire operates in a complex, slippery way that eludes philosophical and psychoanalytic attempts to pin it down.

These and other great works of literature corroborate René Girard's understanding of desire as taking shape "according to the other's desire". The mimetic approach frees desire from the preconceptions of both subject- and object-oriented psychologies and puts literary criticism in touch with the concrete substance of fictional narratives.

Drawing on both modern masterpieces and iconic works of contemporary pop culture, Per Bjørnar Grande sketches a Girardian phenomenology of desire, one that sheds new light on the frustrating and repetitive nature of human relations in a world of vanishing taboos.
Pages 272
Dimensions 152 x 114
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Michigan State University Press
Series Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Literary companions  
Per Bjønar Grande is Professor in the Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Studies at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

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