Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Jacques Barzun Must Be Getting Nervous Right about Now

Claude Levi-Strauss is now very much not alive. I will always find it sad that he never lived to see how the end of the Dreyfus Affair played out in 1906.

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Blogger The Sheriff said...

We are all structural anthropologists now.
If I may muse, I recall reading Levi-Strauss' Tristes Tropiques in my Rise of the European State class. This is not to say, however, that I recall the actual argument of the book. I do remember very vividly, however, the discussions of the physical plans and layouts of these various villages and the way that these geographies were wrapped in with ideas of cosmology and social meaning. Not entirely unproblematic from our contemporary perspective, but definitely the work of someone curious and passionate about people and place, the residues of which struck me and have stuck with me thus far. Perhaps it's time for a re-read...

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