Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Andrew J. McKenna

Professor Emeritus, French Language and Literature

Email: amckenn@luc.edu

Research Interests

  • René Girard's Mimetic Theory in all its implications and applications in the Human Sciences
  • Eric Gans's Generative Anthropology as a decisively important dimension of Mimetic Theory
  • Art history and criticism: French, European, American

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • B.A. French, Holy Cross College, 1964
  • Ph.D. Romance Languages [French & Spanish], Johns Hopkins University, 1970

Courses Regularly Taught

  • French Literature of 17th, 19th, 20th centuries
  • Stylistics
  • French culture and civilization
  • Masterpieces of European Literature and Comparative Literature (in translation)

Other Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief of Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, 1996-2006
  • Host of French Club Activities
  • Kairos Prison Ministry

Web Links

  • [1] http://www.imitatio.org/ This is an authoritative site on Girard's work and the research it has inspired across the human sciences and in neuroscience as well.
  • [2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/news/accents.shtml Access to live French TV and radio broadcasts, some with texts to read while listening.
  • [3] Anthropoetics: The Electronic Journal of Generative Anthropology
    http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/anthropoetics/home.html: This is one of the best social science/humanities research forums available, including chronicles on contemporary events from the perspective of a single, coherent theory.
  • [4] http://theol.uibk.ac.at/cover/: This is the research hub for works about the theory of René Girard, one of France's -- and the world's -- most important thinkers.
  • [5] The Raven Foundation http://www.ravenfoundation.org/: The best place to start for understanding the value and interest of mimetic theory for the public at large.