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"The Naked Man is the fourth and final volume [of Mythologiques], written by the most influential and probably the most controversial anthropologist of our time. . . . Myths from North and South America are set side by side to show their transformations: in passing from person to person and place to place, a myth can change its content and yet retain its structural principles. . . . Apart from the complicated transformations discovered and the fascinating constructions placed on these, the stories themselves provide a feast."—Betty Abel, Contemporary Review

"Lévi-Strauss uses the structural method he developed to analyze and 'decode' the mythology of native North Americans, focusing on the area west of the Rockies. . . . [The author] takes the opportunity to refute arguments against his method; his chapter 'Finale' is a defense of structural analysis as well as the closing statement of this four-volume opus which started with an 'Ouverture' in The Raw and the Cooked."—Library Journal

"The culmination of one of the major intellectual feats of our time."—Paul Stuewe, Quill and Quire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226474960
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 746
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Symbols
Prologue
Part One: Family Secrets
1. The Hidden Child
2. Foolish Women and Wise Virgins
Part Two: Echo Effects
Part Three: Scenes from Private Life
1. The Lewd Grandmother
2. In Death as in Life
3. '. . . These Twin Mirrors'
Part Four: Scenes of Provincial Life
1. Soluble Fishes
2. The Market Place
3. The Noisy Scullion
4. The Proper Use of Excrement
Part Five: Bitter Knowledge
1. The Visit to the Sky
2. The Two Blind Hags
3. Cosmopolitanism and Exogamy
Part Six: Going Back to the Sources
1. Fire and Rain
2. Junctions
Part Seven: The Dawn of Myths
1. Binary Operators
2. One Myth Only
Finale
Bibliography
Index of Myths
General Index

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