Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 1 (1):195-220 (2011)

Wojciech Kaftanski
Harvard University
This essay discusses the role of mimesis in bringing about the images of the crucified Christ, the self, and the martyr as overlooked parts of Kierkegaard!s pseudonymous texts. With respect to mimesis I focus on imitation, representation and resemblance.3 With regard to Kierkegaard!s “Does a Human Being Have the Right to Let Himself Be Put to Death for the Truth?” I argue that its author H.H. introduces the mimetic concept of self and its textual process of formation. I claim that H.H.'s concept of martyr is deeply mimetic and represents Kierkegaard's own vision of himself. In my exposition I employ Rene Girard's theory of “mimetic desire” and Paul Ricoeur's concept of “mimetic arc.”
Keywords mimesis  imitation  Kierkegaard  Girard  Ricoeur  religious aesthetics  Kierkegaard, imitation, mimesis, suffering, martyrdom, Girard, Ricoeur
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DOI 10.1515/9783110236514.195
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