Title: Beyond violence, beyond the text: The role of gesture in Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben, and its affinity with the work of René Girard
Authors: Dickinson, Colby # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Published on behalf of Heythrope College (University of London) by Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: The Heythrop Journal vol:52 issue:6 pages:952-961
Abstract: Though the work of René Girard has brought a special significance to the study of the interrelations between sacrifice and sacrality in our contemporary world, it has yet to be fully reckoned with the work of both Walter Benjamin and his heir, the Italian theorist Giorgio Agamben whose project on the Homo Sacer has aroused great interest in contemporary political thought. By focusing upon Benjamin’s early conceptualization between mimesis and its relation to language, a position can be elaborated upon that attempts to steer mimesis clear of its linguistic indebtedness and toward a ‘purer’ realm of gesture. In this sense, perhaps a more proper ‘divine’ language of gestures can be said to coalesce with certain historical-religious proclamations, something which Agamben’s work challenges us to consider as a viable, albeit ‘profane’ political and ethical option for humanity.
ISSN: 0018-1196
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit Systematic Theology - miscellaneous
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