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The Cambridge Companion to Lévi-Strauss

Boris Wiseman, Denis Kambouchner, Michael E. Harkin, Abraham Rosman, Paula G. Rubel, Marcela Coelho de Souza, Philippe Descola, Claude Imbert, Frédéric Keck, Eric Schwimmer, Marcel Hénaff, Wendy Doniger, Peter Gow, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Mehlman, Jean Petitot
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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608671
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  • Claude Lévi-Strauss is one of the major thinkers of the modern age. Regarded as a crucial figure in the development of structuralism, his writings are studied across a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy and literary studies. The Cambridge Companion to Lévi-Strauss presents a major reassessment of his work and influence. The fifteen specially-commissioned essays in this volume engage with the controversies that have surrounded his ideas, and they probe the concealed influences and clichés that have obscured a true understanding of his work. The contributors are experts drawn from a number of fields, demonstrating the durability and importance of Lévi-Strauss's work in the academy. Written for students and researchers alike, these incisive, jargon-free essays will be essential reading for anybody who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of this important thinker.

    • Includes close textual readings that highlight Lévi-Strauss's relationship to key Western figures, such as Freud, Kant and Rousseau
    • Interdisciplinary approach reveals Lévi-Strauss' continuing relevance not only for anthropology but also aesthetics, philosophy and political thought
    • Solid pedagogical features, including an extensive bibliography and jargon free style to support student learning
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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608671
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Boris Wiseman
    Part I. Society and Culture:
    1. Lévi-Strauss and the question of humanism Denis Kambouchner
    2. Lévi-Strauss and history Michael E. Harkin
    3. Structure and exchange Abraham Rosman and Paula G. Rubel
    4. The future of the structural theory of kinship Marcela Coelho de Souza
    Part II. Myth and Mind:
    5. The two natures of Lévi-Strauss Philippe Descola
    6. On anthropological knowledge Claude Imbert
    7. The limits of classification: Claude Lévi-Strauss and Mary Douglas Frédéric Keck
    8. The local and the universal Eric Schwimmer
    9. Lévi-Strauss and the question of symbolism Marcel Hénaff
    10. Claude Lévi-Strauss's theoretical and actual approaches to myth Wendy Doniger
    Part III. Language and Alterity:
    11. Of The Story of Lynx: Lévi-Strauss and alterity Peter Gow
    12. Before Babel: language and languages in Lévi-Strauss Christopher Johnson
    Part IV. Literature and Aesthetics:
    13. Structuralism, poetry, music: Lévi-Strauss between Mallarmé and Wagner Jeffrey Mehlman
    14. Morphology and structural aesthetics: from Goethe to Lévi-Strauss Jean Petitot
    15. Structure and sensation Boris Wiseman.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Hisotry of anthropology
    • Topics in anthropology
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    Boris Wiseman, University of Durham
    Boris Wiseman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Durham.


    Boris Wiseman, Denis Kambouchner, Michael E. Harkin, Abraham Rosman, Paula G. Rubel, Marcela Coelho de Souza, Philippe Descola, Claude Imbert, Frédéric Keck, Eric Schwimmer, Marcel Hénaff, Wendy Doniger, Peter Gow, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Mehlman, Jean Petitot

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