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Romantic Motives

Essays on Anthropological Sensibility

Edited by George W. Stocking, Jr.

Publication Year: 1989

Romantic Motives explores a topic that has been underemphasized in the historiography of anthropology. Tracking the Romantic strains in the the writings of Rousseau, Herder, Cushing, Sapir, Benedict, Redfield, Mead, Lévi-Strauss, and others, these essays show Romanticism as a permanent and recurrent tendency within the anthropological tradition.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

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pp. vii

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Romantic Motives and the History of Anthropology

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pp. 3-9

In its most general historical self-definition, anthropology has characteristically insisted on its status as an "ology"-glossed not simply as discourse, but as discourse which, like other proliferatingly institutionalized "ologies" of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, claims to be a "science." Although its character varied somewhat in different national anthropological traditions, ...

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Aristotle's Other Self: On the Boundless Subject of Anthropological Discourse

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pp. 10-43

Among the principles that have been suggested as capturing the essential character of Western thought, Aristotelian logic, or its founding principle, the law of contradiction, has proven particularly compelling. And certain other contenders-for example, "linearity" (as contrasted with "cyclicality") and even "rationality" itself-are sometimes thought to derive from the supposedly sequential and rigorous character of classical syllogistic reasoning. This special ...

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Antipodal Expectations: Notes on the Formosan "Ethnograqphy" of George Psalmanzar

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pp. 44-73

How is otherness always an imaginary and reciprocally self-inventing relation? How does the imagining of the Other take shape through language-language's very utterability the possibility of both bridging and defining the particularities of time and space? These questions are clearly keys to the anthropological enterprise; they in fact anthropologize all of existence and all of historical understanding in their refusal of a reified and transcendent ...

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Speakers of Being: Romantic Refusion and Cultural Anthropology

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pp. 74-123

With the history of anthropology in view, Meyer Fortes distinguished between the discipline's "sociological" and "cultural" traditions (Fortes 1953:11- 14)-a distinction that corresponds roughly to the contending influences of the Enlightenment and Romantic movements in modern thought as a whole. Ironically, the ahistorical Enlightenment has had obvious effects on the history of a discipline recurrently inclined to emulate the natural sciences. But ...

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Levi-Strauss, Wagner, Romanticism: A Reading-back . . .

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pp. 124-168

One fact is certain: That most influential and controversial corpus of twentieth-century anthropology-Levi-Strauss's-contains a complicated dialogue with that most influential and controversial corpus of nineteenth-century hybrid arts-Richard Wagner's. This fact's certainty has recently been intensified by Levi-Strauss's elaborations of earlier references to Wagner as the "undeniable originator" of the structural analysis of myths and folktales, who discovered ...

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Zunis and Brahmins: Cultural Ambivalence in the Gilded Age

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pp. 169-207

For five hundred years the New World Indian has served as the object and mirror of Western ambivalence toward the exercise of power and the direction of progress. It has been an instrumental ambivalence, abetting the very progress that it doubts. On Indian persons, real and constructed, have been played out both the first impulses and the second thoughts of American culture: God had hardened their hearts to the task and deafened their ears to the ...

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The Ethnographic Sensibility of the 1920s and the Dualism of the Anthropological Tradition

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pp. 208-276

Like individual memory, the recollected or reconstructed past of a human discipline reflects mythistorical processes of archetypification, which characteristically coalesce around nodes of person and of moment. Archetypically, the endeavors of pattern-making figures, at critical moments of discipline formation (or reformation), mold the models and write the rules of subsequent inquiry, embodying the discipline's fundamental methodological values in their ...


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pp. 277-286

E-ISBN-13: 9780299123635
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299123642

Publication Year: 1989