Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses / Edition 1

Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses / Edition 1

by Michael Taussig
     
 

In his most ambitious and accomplished work to date, Michael Taussig undertakes a history of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. Drawing upon such diverse sources as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, research on the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig

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In his most ambitious and accomplished work to date, Michael Taussig undertakes a history of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. Drawing upon such diverse sources as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, research on the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig shows that the history of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism, and more specifically, to the colonial trade's construction of "savages." With analysis that is vigorous, unorthodox, and often breathtaking, Taussig's cross-cultural discussion of mimesis deepens our understanding of the relationship between ethnography, racism and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415906876
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,508,157
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Report to the Academy
1In Some Way or Another One Can Protect Oneself From Evil Spirits by Portraying Them1
2Physiognomic Aspects of Visual Worlds19
3Spacing Out33
4The Golden Bough: The Magic of Mimesis44
5The Golden Army: The Organization of Mimesis59
6With the Wind of World History in Our Sails70
7Spirit of the Mime, Spirit of the Gift88
8Mimetic Worlds: Invisible Counterparts100
9The Origin of the World112
10Alterity129
11The Color of Alterity144
12The Search For the White Indian162
13America as Woman: The Magic of Western Gear176
14The Talking Machine193
15His Master's Voice212
16Reflection236
17Sympathetic Magic In A Post-Colonial Age250
Notes257
Bibliography283
Index291

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