mimetic desire

mimetic desire

concept which refers to the inter-dividual nature of desire. The idea of mimetic desire was introduced by the French thinker Rene GIRARD. It has since been appropriated by the American philosopher/anthropologist Eric Gans whose GENERATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY speculates about the role of mimetic desire in the evolution of humanity. Against Freud's theory of the independent nature of desire, Girard's theory follows Hegel and Lacan by arguing that the subjectivity of the self is based on the presence of the other. The concept of mimetic desire is also comparable with the ideas expressed by DELEUZE and GUATTARI. In Anti-Oedipus (1972) they argued that the role of desire in FREUD's OEDIPUS COMPLEX should be regarded as overly reductionist because it fails to take into account the way external sources of desire influence ego formation. For Girard the notion of mimetic desire refers to the self's reliance on the OTHER: the desire of the self is always mediated by the influence of the other that serves as its model. See also LACAN, JACQUES; ORDER/DISORDER.
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The perpetual failure of words, as we hear Erdogan's voice in the epilogue, and the state of being "off-key" in her mimetic desire reveal the challenge of narrating trauma.
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Modernity has, in effect, caused people to fall into the trap of thinking that one can do what one pleases, despite the fact that the trappings of modern culture cause us to fall farther and farther down the rabbit hole of mimetic desire.
When the concepts of mimetic desire and mimetic rivalry are applied to an interpretation of Sanctuary, it becomes clear that Temple's rape and the lynching and rape of Goodwin are related in unexpected ways.
375), meaning benefiting from modernity without a mimetic desire to imitate the Western culture.
The problem with simply "self-sacrifice" is that it "camouflages the forms of slavery brought into being by mimetic desire.
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