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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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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: 12/21/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Taussig is 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, USA, and is affiliated with the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

Table of Contents

1. In Some Way or Another One Can Protect Oneself From Evil Spirits by Portraying Them

2. Physiognomic Aspects of Visual Worlds

3. Spacing Out

4. The Golden Bough: The Magic of Mimesis

5. The Golden Army: The Organization of Mimesis

6. With the Wind of World History in Our Sails

7. Spirit of the Mime, Spirit of the Gift

8. Mimetic Worlds: Invisible Counterparts

9. The Origin of the World

10. Alterity

11. The Color of Alterity

12. The Search for the White Indian

13. America as Woman: The Magic of Western Gear

14. The Talking Machine

15. His Master’s Voice

16. Reflection

17. Sympathetic Magic in a Post-Colonial Age

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