Hermes' Dilemma and Hamlet's Desire: On the Epistemology of Interpretation

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Harvard University Press, 1992 - Social Science - 386 pages
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A distinguished anthropologist and a creative force behind postmodern writing in his field, Vincent Crapanzano here focuses his considerable critical powers upon his own culture. In essays that question how the human sciences, particularly anthropology and psychoanalysis, articulate their fields of study, Crapanzano addresses nothing less than the enormous problem of defining the self in both its individual and collective projections.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Centering
27
Hermes Dilemma
43
The Self the Third and Desire
70
SelfCharacterization
91
Text Transference and Indexicality
115
Talking about Psychoanalysis
136
Mohammed and Dawia
155
Dialogue
188
Symbols and Symbolizing
219
Maimed Rites and Wild and Whirling Words
283
Notes
317
References
357
Index
377
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About the author (1992)

Vincent Crapanzano is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York and author of, among other works, The Hamadsha, Tuhami: A Portrait of a Moroccan, and Waiting: The Whites of South Africa.

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