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Anorexia and Mimetic Desire - a book by Girard, René

Anorexia and Mimetic Desire

Anorexia and Mimetic Desire( )
Author: Girard, René
Series title:Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory Ser.
ISBN:978-1-60917-376-0
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Michigan State University Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $11.95
Book Description:

Ren#65533; Girard shows that all desires are contagious-and the desire to be thin is no exception. In this compelling new book, Girard ties the anorexia epidemic to what he calls mimetic desire: a desire imitated from a model. Girard has long argued that, far from being spontaneous, our most intimate desires are copied from what we see around us. In a culture obsessed with thinness, the rise of eating disorders should be no surprise. When everyone is trying to slim down, Girard...
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Pages:112
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / General
Author Biography
Girard, René (Author)
René Girard was born on December 25, 1923 in Avignon, France. He received an advanced degree in medieval studies at the École Nationale des Chartes in 1947 and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 1950. He taught French language and literature at Indiana University, Duke University, Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and the State University at Buffalo. He taught at Stanford University from 1981 until his retirement in 1995.

His explorations of literature and myth helped establish influential theories about how people are motivated to want things. His first book, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, was published in French in 1961 and in English in 1965. His other works included Violence and the Sacred and Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Modern Language Association in 2009 and the Order of Isabella the Catholic from the king of Spain for his work in philosophy and anthropology in 2013. He died on November 4, 2015 at the age of 91.

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