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

Hailed as the best and most generally accessible book by Claude Levi-Strauss, The Jealous Potter is a diverting series of themes and variations that explain simultaneously the relations between the insectivorous nighthawk marital jealousy, the art of pottery, and the rich creation myths of the Jivaro people of Ecuador and Peru. As Levi-Strauss freely explores the…  See more details below

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Hailed as the best and most generally accessible book by Claude Levi-Strauss, The Jealous Potter is a diverting series of themes and variations that explain simultaneously the relations between the insectivorous nighthawk marital jealousy, the art of pottery, and the rich creation myths of the Jivaro people of Ecuador and Peru. As Levi-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.

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

Introduction3
1A Jivaro Myth14
2Pottery, a "Jealous Art"23
3Goatsucker Myths in South America34
4Potters' Kilns and Cooking Fire48
5Goatsucker Myths in North America59
6Oral Greediness and Anal Retention70
7The Sloth as Cosmological Symbol85
8In Quest of Zoemes97
9Levels of the World117
10Excrement, Meteors, Jealousy, Dismembered Body127
11California Demiurges as Jealous Potters142
12Myths in the Form of Klein's Bottle157
13The Nature of Mythic Thought171
14A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo185
Appendix: Tribes, Peoples, Linguistic Families207
References211
Abbreviations225
Bibliography227
Acknowledgments251

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