Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses


In his so much formidable and comprehensive paintings up to now, Michael Taussig undertakes a historical past of mimesis, the perform of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the competition of Self and different. Drawing upon such varied assets as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, study at the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig exhibits that the background of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism, and extra particularly, to the colonial trade's development of "savages." With research that's full of life, unorthodox, and sometimes breathtaking, Taussig's cross-cultural dialogue of mimesis deepens our figuring out of the connection among ethnography, racism and society.

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