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In this acclaimed book, Torgovnick explores the obsessions,

fears, and longings that have produced Western views of the

primitive. Crossing an extraordinary range of fields

(anthropology, psychology, literature, art, and popular

culture), Gone Primitive will engage not just

specialists but anyone who has ever worn Native American

jewelry, thrilled to Indiana Jones, or considered buying an

African mask.

"A superb book; and—in a way that goes beyond what

being good as a book usually implies—it is a kind of gift to

its own culture, a guide to the perplexed. It is lucid,

usually fair, laced with a certain feminist mockery and

animated by some surprising sympathies."—Arthur C. Danto,

New York Times Book Review

"An impassioned exploration of the deep waters beneath Western primitivism. . . . Torgovnick's readings are deliberately, rewardingly provocative."—Scott L. Malcomson, Voice Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Going Primitive

1. Defining the Primitive/Reimagining Modernity

2. Taking Tarzan Seriously

2. Making Primitive Objects High Art

3. "But Is It Art?"

4. The Politics of Roger Fry's Vision and Design

5. The Many Obsessions of Michael Leiris

6. William Rubin and the Dynamics of Primitivism

3. Engendering the Primitive

7. Traveling with Conrad

8. "Oh, Mexico!": D.H. Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent

4. Mapping the Site of Transcendental Homelessness

9. Adventures

10. Entering Freud's Study

11. Remembering With Lévi-Strauss

5. Gone Primitive

12. Physicality

Epilogue: Past, Present, and Future

Notes

Reference List

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226808321
Author:
Torgovnick, Marianna
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Arts, Modern
Subject:
Primitivism in art
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
BE13
Publication Date:
19910831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 color plate, 32 halftones
Pages:
335
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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