Russell McCutcheon

By appointment

REL 342.001 Theories of Ritual

The seminar tackles two books: Violent Origins: Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation (1987) and Jonathan Z. Smith’s To Take Place: Toward Theory and Ritual (1987), in an effort to explain the function of that subset of human practices known as rituals, with special attention given to those commonly known as sacrifice. W

T | 3:30-5:50

MA 210

Readings

Hamerton-Kelly, Robert G.
Violent Origins: Walter Burkert, Rene Girard, and Jonathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation
Stanford University Press, 1988
0804715181

Smith, Jonathan Z.
To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual
University of Chicago Press, 1992
0226763617

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