The Jealous Potter / Edition 2

The Jealous Potter / Edition 2

by Claude Levi-Strauss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226474801

ISBN-13: 9780226474809

Pub. Date: 04/15/1988

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

As Lévi-Strauss freely explores the mythologies of the Americas, with occasional incursions into European and Japanese folklore, tales of sloths and squirrels interweave with discussions of Freud, Saussure, "signification," and plays by Sophocles and Labiche. Lévi-Strauss critiques psychoanalytic interpretation and defends the interpretive powers of

Overview

As Lévi-Strauss freely explores the mythologies of the Americas, with occasional incursions into European and Japanese folklore, tales of sloths and squirrels interweave with discussions of Freud, Saussure, "signification," and plays by Sophocles and Labiche. Lévi-Strauss critiques psychoanalytic interpretation and defends the interpretive powers of structuralism.

"Electrifying. . . . A brilliant demonstration of structural analysis in action. . . . Can be read with pleasure and profit by anyone interested in that aspect of self-discovery that comes through knowledge of the universal and timeless myths that live on in all of us." --Jonathan Sharp, San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

"A characteristic tour de force. . . . One remains awed by him." --Colin Thubron, Sunday Times

"With all its epistemological depth, the book reads at times like a Simenon or a Lewis Carroll, fusing concise methodology with mastery of style." --Bernadette Bucher, American Ethnologist

"[An] engagingly provocative exploration of mythology in the Americas. . . . Always a good read." --Choice

"A playful, highly entertaining book, fluently and elegantly translated by Bénédicte Chorier." --Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226474809
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/1988
Edition description:
1
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1: A Jivaro Myth
2: Pottery, a "Jealous Art"
3: Goatsucker Myths in South America
4: Potters' Kilns and Cooking Fire
5: Goatsucker Myths in North America
6: Oral Greediness and Anal Retention
7: The Sloth as Cosmological Symbol
8: In Quest of Zoemes
9: Levels of the World
10: Excrement, Meteors, Jealousy, Dismembered Body
11: California Demiurges as Jealous Potters
12: Myths in the Form of Klein's Bottle
13: The Nature of Mythic Thought
14: A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo
Appendix: Tribes, Peoples, Linguistic Families
References
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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