Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 13, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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In this acclaimed book, Torgovnick explores the obsessions,
fears, and longings that have produced Western views of the
primitive. Crossing an extraordinary range of fields
(anthropology, psychology, literature, art, and popular
culture), Gone Primitive will engage not just
specialists but anyone who has ever worn Native American
jewelry, thrilled to Indiana Jones, or considered buying an
African mask.

"A superb book; and—in a way that goes beyond what
being good as a book usually implies—it is a kind of gift to
its own culture, a guide to the perplexed. It is lucid,
usually fair, laced with a certain feminist mockery and
animated by some surprising sympathies."—Arthur C. Danto,
New York Times Book Review

"An impassioned exploration of the deep waters beneath Western primitivism. . . . Torgovnick's readings are deliberately, rewardingly provocative."—Scott L. Malcomson, Voice Literary Supplement
  

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This book was a “wow” for me. It's not an easy read, but it's well researched, provocative, interesting, and works steadily toward building its case. It's older, published in 1990 by the University of ... Read full review

Review: Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives

User Review  - Ginger - Goodreads

I really enjoyed Torgovnick's critique of multiple uses of the "Primitive" in pop culture. The sections on Tarzan had me giggling, as well as her look at Levi-Strauss. For someone versed in modern ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Marianna Torgovnick is professor of English at Duke University and director of Duke's New York Program in Arts and Media. She is the author of numerous works, including "Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy"; "Gone Primitive: Modern Intellects, Savage Lives"; and "Crossing Ocean Parkway," also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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