Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Social Science - 299 pages
In Mimesis and Alterity Taussig undertakes and eccentric history of the mimetic faculty. He moves easily from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, backwards to the fable of colonial first contact' alleged mimetic prowess of primitives, ' and then forward to contemporary time, when the idea of alterity is increasingly unstable. Utilizing anthropological theory, Taussig blends Latin American ethnography and colonial history with the insights of Walter Benjamin, Adorno and Horkheimer. Vigorous and unorthodox, Taussig's understanding of mimesis in different cultures deepens our meaning of ethnography, racism and society.
 

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Contents

From Evil Spirits by Portraying Them
12
Spacing
33
The Organization of Mimesis
59
Spirit of the Mime Spirit of the Gift
88
The Origin of the World
112
10
144
The Magic of Western Gear
176
The Talking Machine
193
His Masters Voice
212
Reflection
236
Sympathetic Magic In A PostColonial Age
250
33
259
59
278
Bibliography
283
70
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