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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415906873

ISBN-13: 9780415906876

Pub. Date: 12/28/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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