Oedipus Unbound: Selected Writings on Rivalry and Desire

Front Cover
Stanford University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 131 pages
1 Review
Did Oedipus really kill his father and marry his mother? Or is he nothing but a scapegoat, set up to take the blame for a crisis afflicting Thebes? For René Girard, the mythic accusations of patricide and incest are symptomatic of a plague-stricken community's hunt for a culprit to punish, and Girard succeeds in making us see an age-old myth in a wholly new light.

The hard-to-find writings assembled here include three major early essays, never before available in English, which afford a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the emergence of Girard's scapegoat theory from his pioneering analysis of rivalry and desire. Girard unbinds the Oedipal triangle from its Freudian moorings, replacing desire for the mother with desire for anyone or anything a rival desires. In a wide-ranging and provocative introduction, Mark R. Anspach presents fresh evidence for Girard's hypotheses from classical studies, literature, anthropology, and the life of Freud himself.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

I
1
II
28
III
59
IV
95
V
107
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2004)

Rene Girard is Professor Emeritus of French at Stanford University. He is the author of many books, including "Violence and the Sacred" (1977), "The Scapegoat" (1986), "Job: The Victim of His People" (Stanford, 1987), "Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World" (Stanford, 1987), and "I See Satan Fall Like Lightning" (2001)."

Bibliographic information