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Masks of Difference

Masks of Difference
Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art


Part of Cultural Margins

  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479721

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  • David Richards here examines historical anthropological discourse - specifically writings about and depictions of 'savage' peoples by conquering races - as a form of textual practice. He analyses various kinds of 'naturalistic' representations, both artistic and literary, of colonised cultures, revealing the ways in which such representations betray their own subject-positions and fail - from our modern perspective - to act as the objective 'mirrors on nature' that they might originally have purported to be. Masks of Difference provides original and informative readings of individual sites of colonisation, including Florida (1564–91), and Scotland (1814), together with extended surveys; what emerges is a composite picture of anthropological representation as a textual genre in its own right, embracing literature, literary theory, and colonial/postcolonial studies.

    • The first book in its generation to explore the relationship between anthropology and literature in a theoretically sophisticated way
    • Original and ambitious account of subject of importance to colonial/postcolonial studies, anthropology, and literary theory
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    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479721
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.441kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The satyr anatomised: Venice 1570
    2. Identity and its others: Florida 1564–91
    3. The lovers of Paramaribo: Surinam 1663–1777
    4. Making history: Scotland 1814
    5. 'Do they eat their enemies or their friends?' Cambridge and Bugunda 1887–1932
    6. Causes célèbres in the myths of modernism: Melanesia and Brazil 1895–1970
    7. Third eye/evil eye
    8. Different masks
    9. Masks of difference

  • Author

    David Richards, University of Leeds

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