The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss

The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss

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Claude Levi-Strauss is one of the major thinkers of the modern age. Regarded as a crucial figure in the development of structuralism, his writings are studied across a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy and literary studies. The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss presents a major reassessment of his work and influence. The fifteen specially-commissioned essays in this volume engage with the controversies that have surrounded his ideas, and they probe the concealed influences and cliches that have obscured a true understanding of his work. The contributors are experts drawn from a number of fields, demonstrating the durability and importance of Levi-Strauss's work in the academy. Written for students and researchers alike, these incisive, jargon-free essays will be essential reading for anybody who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of this important more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139797883
  • 9781139797887

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"Fifteen highly readable essays... provide a thorough examination of the major controversies and influences associated with Levi-Strauss's work and its continuing value and applications to contemporary social research.... Most useful for college and university libraries supporting degree programs in anthropology, sociology, history, and philosophy.... Highly recommended." - Choiceshow more

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Boris Wiseman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of more

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Introduction Boris Wiseman; Part I. Society and Culture: 1. Levi-Strauss and the question of humanism Denis Kambouchner; 2. Levi-Strauss and history Michael E. Harkin; 3. Structure and exchange Abraham Rosman and Paula G. Rubel; 4. The future of the structural theory of kinship Marcela Coelho de Souza; Part II. Myth and Mind: 5. The two natures of Levi-Strauss Philippe Descola; 6. On anthropological knowledge Claude Imbert; 7. The limits of classification: Claude Levi-Strauss and Mary Douglas Frederic Keck; 8. The local and the universal Eric Schwimmer; 9. Levi-Strauss and the question of symbolism Marcel Henaff; 10. Claude Levi-Strauss's theoretical and actual approaches to myth Wendy Doniger; Part III. Language and Alterity: 11. Of The Story of Lynx: Levi-Strauss and alterity Peter Gow; 12. Before Babel: language and languages in Levi-Strauss Christopher Johnson; Part IV. Literature and Aesthetics: 13. Structuralism, poetry, music: Levi-Strauss between Mallarme and Wagner Jeffrey Mehlman; 14. Morphology and structural aesthetics: from Goethe to Levi-Strauss Jean Petitot; 15. Structure and sensation Boris more

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