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Riassunto: In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings. Turning his keen intelligence to Polynesian societies in the early periods of European contact and colonization, Obeyesekere deconstructs Western eyewitness accounts, carefully examining their origins and treating them as a species of fiction writing and seamen's yarns. Cannibalism is less a social or cultural fact than a mythic representation of European writing that reflects much more the realities of European societies and their fascination with the practice of cannibalism, he argues. And while very limited forms of cannibalism might have occurred in Polynesian societies, they were largely in connection with human sacrifice and carried out by a select community in well-defined sacramental rituals. Cannibal Talk considers how the colonial intrusion produced a complex self-fulfilling prophecy whereby the fantasy of cannibalism became a reality as natives on occasion began to eat both Europeans and their own enemies in acts of "conspicuous anthropophagy."
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"A tour de force: meticulously argued, nuanced, and wideranging in its interpretations. In the hands of a master, the prodigious scholarship and large intellectual appetite make for a very convincing, comprehensive work."—George Marcus, coeditor of Writing Culture
"The sheer scope of Cannibal Talk is remarkable, and its contribution to the anthropology of colonialism outstanding. Obeyesekere's research, original thinking, and applied reading are unrivalled on the discourses of cannibalism and their implications. "—Paul Lyons, University of Hawai'i
Titolo: Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human...
Casa editrice: University of California Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Berkeley [u.a.], Univ. of California Press, 2005. XX, 320 S. Ill., Kt. Okart. Codice libro della libreria 81628AB
Descrizione libro University of California Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition book with only light signs of previous use. Codice libro della libreria G0520243072I4N10
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Descrizione libro University of California Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0520243072
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 520243072
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0520243072