CYNTHIA HAVEN

CYNTHIA HAVEN

Author and 2018/19 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar

Cynthia Haven is a 2018/19 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. She writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and has also contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and World Literature Today.

 

Her book, Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard, was published by Michigan State University Press in spring 2018. It has been reviewed to date in the Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicleand Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.

 

Cynthia Haven's photograph is by Margo Davis. 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard (Michigan State University Press, 2018)

    Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard (Michigan State University Press, 2018)

    “René Girard (1923–2015) was one of the leading thinkers of our era—a provocative sage who bypassed prevailing orthodoxies to offer a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history, and human destiny. His oeuvre, offering a ‘mimetic theory’ of cultural origins and human behavior, inspired such writers as Milan Kundera and J. M. Coetzee, and earned him a place among the forty ‘immortals’ of the Académie Française. Too often, however, his work is considered only within various academic specializations. This first-ever biographical study takes a wider view. Cynthia L. Haven traces the evolution of Girard’s thought in parallel with his life and times. She recounts his formative years in France and his arrival in a country torn by racial division, and reveals his insights into the collective delusions of our technological world and the changing nature of warfare. Drawing on interviews with Girard and his colleagues, Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard provides an essential introduction to one of the twentieth century’s most controversial and original minds.”

EVENTS

  • Prophet of Envy: An Introduction to René Girard

    Prophet of Envy: An Introduction to René Girard

    April 26, 2019

    Zephyr Institute

CONTACT US
  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Twitter - Grey Circle
  • YouTube

Zephyr Institute, Inc.

560 College Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

(650) 667-1160 | info@zephyr.org

© 2014-2019 by Zephyr Institute, Inc. 

All Rights Reserved

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST