6th June 2018
Terry Eagleton sees the negotiation of the two Freudian drives, eros and thanatos (death), as the fundamental human task, and he discusses the different readings of sacrifice according to this grid.
3rd August 2017
Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Sacred Monstrosity’
Can Flannery O'Connor's work speak to modern readers or is it necessarily of her time? Michael Kirwan SJ considers this question with a little help from James Joyce, René Girard and Quentin Tarantino.
5th May 2016
The intensity of J.G. Ballard's novel comes from holding the extreme behaviour of its characters in dialectic with the cold rationality underpinning it. Without the contrast, the film lacks momentum.
12th November 2015
‘Between Politics and Apocalypse’: René Girard’s Reading of Global Crisis
Michael Kirwan SJ explores René Girard’s ‘apocalyptic’ vision of a world in crisis and a planet in danger of becoming a ‘scapegoat’. How is the refugee ‘the central figure of our political history’?
6th November 2015
René Noël Girard RIP
Michael Kirwan SJ pays tribute to a deeply committed and humble Catholic theologian who died on 4 November 2015 and who declared that ‘violence is the heart and secret soul of the sacred’.
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