Savage Constructions: The Myth of African Savagery

Savage Constructions: The Myth of African Savagery

by Wendy C. Hamblet
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739122819

ISBN-13: 9780739122815

Pub. Date: 03/26/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

A funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on human history.

In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why puns matter: They revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in

Overview

A funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on human history.

In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why puns matter: They revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of puns.

With an engaging narrative, this book answers fundamental questions: Just what are puns? Why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter?

At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book builds a compelling case for the powerful and enduring role of puns in human discourse and innovation, and why they'll always be more than just some antics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739122815
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/26/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 One: The Savagery of "Civilizing" Forces Chapter 3 Two: Orienting Notions Chapter 4 Three: The Truth of Myth, The Myth of Truth Chapter 5 Four: Rebounding Violence in Social Rituals Chapter 6 Five: Precolonial Africa Chapter 7 Six: Colonialist Constructions of Africans Chapter 8 Seven: Anthropological Constructions of Africans Chapter 9 Eight: Religious and Medical Constructions of Africans Chapter 10 Nine: Western Philosophy's Human Hierarchy Chapter 11 Ten: African Self-Identity After Colonialist Myth Chapter 12 Eleven: Conflict of African and Colonial Identifications Chapter 13 Twelve: Savage Is as Savage Does Chapter 14 Thirteen: Rebounding Violences Chapter 15 Fourteen: African Philosophical Therapy Chapter 16 Fifteen: Concluding the Savagery

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