Mythologiques, Volume 1

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University of Chicago Press, 1969 - Social Science - 387 pages
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"Lévi-Strauss is a French savant par excellence, a man of extraordinary sensitivity and human wisdom . . . a deliberate stylist with profound convictions and convincing arguments. . . . [The Raw and the Cooked] adds yet another chapter to the tireless quest for a scientifically accurate, esthetically viable, and philosophically relevant cultural anthropology. . . . [It is] indispensable reading."—Natural History
 

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The four volumes of Mythologiques are the sort of thing the term "tour-de-force" was meant for. Levi-Strauss is a magician. While he's working, you follow wherever he leads your attention, and every ... Read full review

Contents

Overture I
1
Bororo Song
35
Ge Variations
66
The Good Manners Sonata
81
A Short Symphony
134
Fugue of the Five Senses
147
The Oppossums Cantata
164
ThreePart Inventions
199
Toccata and Fugue
240
Chromatic Piece
256
PART FIVE
283
Bird Chorus
300
The Wedding
319
Bibliography
361
Index of Myths
371
General Index
378

Double Inverted Canon
216

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About the author (1969)

Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, was the founder of structural anthropology. This theoretical position assumes that there are structural propensities in the human mind that lead unconsciously toward categorization of physical and social objects, hence such book titles as The Raw and the Cooked (1964) and such expositions of his work by others as The Unconscious in Culture and Elementary Structures Reconsidered. According to Levi-Strauss, the models of society that scholars create are often dual in nature:status-contract (Maine): Gemeinschaft-Gesellschaft (Tonnies); mechanical-organic solidarity (Durkheim); folk-urban (Redfield); universalism-particularism (Parsons); and local-cosmopolitan (Merton). Levi-Strauss's writings---some of which have been described by Clifford Geertz as "theoretical treatises set out as travelogues"---have been enormously influential throughout the scholarly world. George Steiner has described him, along with Freud (see also Vol. 5) and Marx (see also Vol. 4), as one of the major architects of the thought of our times. Levi-Strauss died October 30, 2009.

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