Mark Anspach

Mark Anspach is an American anthropologist and social theorist affiliated with the Centre de Recherches en Epistémologie Appliquée in Paris. He first discovered the work of René Girard more than thirty years ago as an undergraduate at Harvard and has continued to draw inspiration from it ever since. His cultural analysis of current events appears regularly on the website of Imitatio.

In his Summer School lectures, he will build on Girard’s deconstruction of the Oedipal triangle to explore the ways mimetic rivalry plays out within the family, in the intellectual world, in gift exchange rituals and in the modern consumer economy.

Mark Anspach is the author of Œdipe mimétique (L’Herne, 2010) and À charge de revanche. Figures élémentaires de la réciprocité (Seuil, 2002; Italian edition: A buon rendere. La reciprocità nella vendetta, nel dono e nel mercato, Bollati Boringhieri, 2007) and editor of Oedipus Unbound: Selected Writings on Rivalry and Desire by René Girard (Stanford, 2004).

He has also edited several books by or about Girard for Éditions de L’Herne: Géométries du désir (2011); Anorexie et désir mimétique (2008; Italian edition: Anoressia e desiderio mimetico, Lindau, 2009; English edition forthcoming from Michigan State University Press); Cahier Girard (2008).

He recently contributed chapters to Mimesis and Science: Empirical Research on Imitation and the Mimetic Theory of Culture and Religion (MSU, 2011) and Rond de crisis: Reflecties vanuit de Girard Studiekring (Parthenon, 2011).