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|Other Titles: ||Incestuous taboo and sacrifice in Julien Green’s novel “Christine”|
Mimetic desire;Double bind;Scapegoat;Incestuous taboo
|Issue Date: ||2016-09-10 14:14:23 (UTC+8)|
This article discussed Julien Green’s（1900-1998）first novel, “Christine” , in which the main character (Jean) recalled his spiritual relationships with three females – his mother, ante and cousin. While Jean’s emotions for his cousin (Christine) were idyllic, his desire toward his ante was implicit, unspeakable and incestuous. Despite precedent critics that adapted Freud’s theory of castration anxiety to explain Julien Green’s work, this article draws on René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire to illustrate Jean’s spiritual relationships with the three females. Jean’s love with Christine, illuminated by Girard’s theory, is considered as a “doubled” relationship with his mother (or the substitute of mother), or with his ante who behaved as the model, functioned as an indicator of what to desire, whose desire for the same object is imitated. Girard considered Mother as the woman in power, symbolically as the threat of castration to the hero, which generated the impulsive motif of imitation and the ontological conflict between antagonists by the end. Through the mimetic aspect, we detected that desire was regarded as the key to the system of relationships and the cause of violence; the death of heroine as a result of the scapegoat mechanism.
|Relation: ||外國語文研究, 12, 23-41|
Foreign language studies
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[外國語文研究 ] 期刊論文|
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