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Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)

Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics By Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)

Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics by Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)


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This wide-ranging 2007 study of Claude Levi-Strauss's aesthetic thought demonstrates not only its centrality within his overall oeuvre but also the importance of Levi-Strauss for contemporary aesthetic enquiry. Levi-Strauss, Anthropology and Aesthetics combines the different perspectives of anthropology, philosophy, aesthetic theory and literary criticism into a highly imaginative whole.

Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics Summary

Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics by Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)

In a wide-ranging 2007 study of Claude Levi-Strauss's aesthetic thought, Boris Wiseman demonstrates not only its centrality within his oeuvre but also the importance of Levi-Strauss for contemporary aesthetic enquiry. Reconstructing the internal logic of Levi-Strauss's thinking on aesthetics, and showing how anthropological and aesthetic ideas intertwine at the most elemental levels in the elaboration of his system of thought, Wiseman demonstrates that Levi-Strauss's aesthetic theory forms an integral part of his approach to Amerindian masks, body decoration and mythology. He reveals the significance of Levi-Strauss's anthropological analysis of an 'untamed' mode of thinking (pensee sauvage) at work in totemism, classification and myth-making for his conception of art and aesthetic experience. In this way, structural anthropology is shown to lead to ethnoaesthetics. Levi-Strauss, Anthropology and Aesthetics adopts a broad-ranging approach that combines the different perspectives of anthropology, philosophy, aesthetic theory and literary criticism into an unusual and imaginative whole.

Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'It is evident that there is great expertise in these pages, and even for the non-anthropologist, much material whose interest it would be hard to deny.' Modern Language Review
'Boris Wiseman, who was in charge of editing The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss (2009), has reexamined this 'work' in terms of the relation between anthropology and aesthetics, with an admirable capacity to reappraise texts thanks to the use of examples and comparisons.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
'Wiseman brings aesthetics back into anthropology as a philosophical dimension that returns to the romantic project of reconciling the intellect and the senses. This allows him to read together texts that Levi-Strauss dedicated to art with proper production of anthropological science.' Frederic Keck, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute

About Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)

Boris Wiseman is Lecturer in French at the University of Durham.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethnoaesthetics; 1. The reconciliation; 2. Art and the logic of sensible qualities; 3. The work of art as a system of signs; 4. Structuralism, symbolist poetics and abstract art; 5. The anthropologist as art critic; 6. Nature, culture, chance; 7. From myth to music; 8. Levi-Strauss' mytho-poem; Conclusion: between concept and metaphor.

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NLS9780521123013
9780521123013
0521123011
Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics by Boris Wiseman (University of Durham)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-11-12
264
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