Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

In his such a lot formidable and finished paintings to this point, Michael Taussig undertakes a background of mimesis, the perform of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the competition of Self and different. Drawing upon such diversified resources as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, examine at the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig exhibits that the heritage of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism, and extra particularly, to the colonial trade's building of "savages." With research that's full of life, unorthodox, and infrequently breathtaking, Taussig's cross-cultural dialogue of mimesis deepens our knowing of the connection among ethnography, racism and society.

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