Mimetic Limits Desire, Death and the Sacred

  • Barry StockerEmail author


This chapter looks at how French writers of the mid-twentieth century take mimesis away from the centre of the novel. Georges Bataille puts ‘evil’ at the centre, that is the breaking of social habits to reach some deep level of desire which is enacted rather than represented. Maurice Blanchot puts death and meaninglessness at the centre of the novel, which drifts towards and between moments of emptiness and extinction. René Girard has a more Christian Huımanist view of the dangers of mimetic desire and violence, which may be resolved by moments of transcendence. The more violent and apocalyptic aspects of his views are also explored. Finally, the chapter considers how French anti-mimeticism is taken up by Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida.


Anti-mimetic Evil Desire Mimeticism Death Meaninglessness Jacques Lacan Jacques Derrida Michel Foucault Georges Bataille Maurice Blanchot René Girard 


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  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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