The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with Rene Girard Trevor Cribben Merrill

ISBN: 9781441118653

Published: March 14th 2013

Hardcover

208 pages


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The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with Rene Girard  by  Trevor Cribben Merrill

The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with Rene Girard by Trevor Cribben Merrill
March 14th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 208 pages | ISBN: 9781441118653 | 10.21 Mb

Trevor Cribben Merrill offers a bold reassessment of Milan Kunderas place in the contemporary canon. Harold Bloom and others have dismissed the Franco-Czech author as a maker of period pieces that lost currency once the Berlin Wall fell. Merrill refutes this view, revealing a previously unexplored dimension of Kunderas fiction. Building on theorist René Girards notion of triangular desire, he shows that modern classics such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting display a counterintuitive--and bitterly funny--understanding of human attraction.Most works of fiction (and most movies, too) depict passionate feelings as deeply authentic and spontaneous.

Kunderas novels and short stories overturn this romantic dogma. A pounding heart and sweaty palms could mean that we have found the One at last--or they could attest to the influence of a model whose desires we are unconsciously borrowing: our amorous predilections may owe less to personal taste or physical chemistry than they do to imitative desire.At once a comprehensive survey of Kunderas novels and a witty introduction to Girards mimetic theory, The Book of Imitation and Desire challenges our assumptions about human motive and renews our understanding of a major contemporary author.



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