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

  • "Interview on René Girard's  Mimetic Theory" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4tAmonbuA0, 2015
  • “Voltaire’s Victims and Us", 2015
  • “Girard and Derrida: Philosophy for Laughs,”  Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis,  and Culture, Vol. 22 (2015)
  • “Darwin and Girard: Natural and  Human Science.” http://lookingglasstheatre.org/media/InTheGardenStudyGuide.pdf
  • Human Sacrifice: Black-on-Black Violence and Mimetic Theory.” http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/premium/teachingnonviolentatonement/files/2014/01/Human-Sacrifice-Black-on-Black-Violence-and-Mimetic-Theory.pdf
  • "Art and Markets," Anthropoetics:  The Journal of Generative Anthropology: Chronicles of Love and Resentment, No. 418, Jan. 21, 2012
  • "The Ends of Violence: Girard and Derrida," Lebenswelt: Esthetics and Philosophy of Experience, No 1 (2011), 84-92, http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/Lebenswelt/issue/view/214/showToc
  • "Art and Incarnation: Oscillating Views," Anthropoetics 15, no. 2 (Spring 2010)
  • “Art and Incarnation,” Loyola University Museum of Modern Art (LUMA), 2009, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy6EQoajcfU​​​
  • "Bernanos : Polemicist and Prophet of our World", Logos : A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 12:2: 62-79 (Spring 2009)
  • "Mimésis et réciprocité: Montesquieu romancier," in Jean-Pierre Dupuy, ed., Dans L’oeil du cyclone : Colloque de Cerisy (Paris : Carnets nord, 2008), 227-246.
  • "Philanthropologie : La Loi du plus faible," Cahiers de l’Herne: 223-228 (Fall 2008)
  • "Fellini's Crowds and the Remains of Religion," Contagion: Journal of Mimesis, Violence, and Culture, vols. 12-13: 159-182 (2007)


  • 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.