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In The Perils of Uglytown, Harry Berger, Jr., considers a variety of texts and images ranging from Thucydides and Plato to Shakespeare and Rembrandt. The Introduction explains the key concept of the study, structural misanthropology, a variant on Claude Lévi-Strauss’s idea of structural anthropology. Part 1 explores its activity in several Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Crito, Phaedo, The Republic, and Timaeus. Part 2 turns to the Renaissance in Italy, England, and the Netherlands. Structural misanthropology is discussed first in the work of several Italian humanists (Alberti, Leonardo, Castiglione, and Vasari), then in English drama (Gorbuduc and several plays by Shakespeare), and finally in group portraits by Hals and Rembrandt. Perils of Uglytown applies and brings up to date the methods of interpretation Berger has developed during the past half-century in his many studies of literature, drama, philosophy, social and cultural studies, and the visual arts.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. A Polar Model of Culture Change: Introduction to Structural Misanthropology
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Misanthropology in Plato’s Dialogues
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 2. The Discourse of Pleonexia: Thucydides and Plato on the Politics of Communication
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 3. Dying Angry: The Wrath of Socrates in Plato’s Phaedo
  2. pp. 31-49
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  1. 4. More Than a Talking Head: Socrates and Kephalos in Republic 1
  2. pp. 50-93
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  1. 5. The Perils of Uglytown: Structural Misanthropology in Plato’s Republic
  2. pp. 94-132
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  1. 6. Adeimantus and Glaucon
  2. pp. 133-152
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  1. 7. Four Virtues in the Republic: (1) Wisdom
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. 8. Four Virtues in the Republic: (2) Courage, The Well-Born Lye
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. 9. Four Virtues in the Republic: (3) Temperance
  2. pp. 180-191
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  1. 10. Four Virtues in the Republic: (4) Justice
  2. pp. 192-203
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  1. 11. Apprehension in the Timaeus: Plato’s Nervous Narrator
  2. pp. 204-212
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  1. Part II. Misanthropology in Early Modern Culture
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. 12. Cybernetic Alienation: Prosthetic Strategies in Alberti, Leonardo, Castiglione, and Machiavelli
  2. pp. 215-231
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  1. 13. Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave: Vasari’s Lives and the Erotics of Obscene Connoisseurship
  2. pp. 232-251
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  1. 14. Prospero’s Humiliation
  2. pp. 252-268
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  1. 15. The Drama of Competitive Posing: Portrait Plots in Hals and Rembrandt
  2. pp. 269-292
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 293-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823250264
Related ISBN
9780823245161
MARC Record
OCLC
911173019
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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