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This ambivalence of contemporary scholars echoes their ambivalence toward the ancestral "giants" of the discipline: Durkheim, Müller, and Freud. Masuzawa shows that the speculations of these three men on the origins of religion render the very notion of time and history problematic and contain powerful instruments for dislodging the position of "Western man" as the keeper of knowledge. Her critical rereading of these forefathers is framed by a compelling discussion of the postmodernist subversion of absolute origins in the works of Walter Benjamin and Rosalind Krauss and a comparison of Mircea Eliade and Nancy Munn's accounts of the Australian aboriginal "dreamtime." Engaging a number of critical issues within the burgeoning field of cultural studies, Masuzawa's book will have far-reaching implications not only for religious studies but throughout the human sciences.
|1||Original Lost: Myth and Ritual in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction||13|
|2||Society versus Difference: Durkheim's Shadowboxing||34|
|3||Accidental Mythology: Max Muller in and out of His Workshop||58|
|4||History on a Mystic Writing Pad: Freud Refounds Time||76|
|Lessons of the Wolf-Man||94|
|Metapsychology of Temporality||137|