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Mimesis and Alterity

Mimesis and Alterity


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About the Book

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.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415906876
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 21 mm
  • Weight: 476 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415906873
  • Publisher Date: 21 Dec 1992
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 320
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: A Particular History of the Senses
  • Width: 153 mm


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