March 5, 2010

girard on mimesis

Mimesis is practically synonymous with mimetic desireMimesis provokes desire.  Desire constitutes mimesis.  Mimetic desire is a kind of nonconscious imitation of others, but it is important to stress that the word, “imitation” has to be joined with the adjective “appropriative” or “acquisitive.”  Mimesis seeks to obtain the object that the model desires.  The function of culture is to control and channel this potential conflict over the object.” (James G. Williams, The Girard Reader, 290)

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