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Representations and contradictions : ambivalence towards images, theatre, fiction, relics, and sexuality / Jack Goody
Bib ID 1663911
Format BookBook
Author
Goody, Jack
 
Description Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1997 
vii, 293 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 063120525X (alkaline paper)
0631205268 (alkaline paper)
Summary

The author explores the uneven distribution of representations in human societies and at different times within the same society. He shows how prone representations are to change during and after revolutions, and explains what lies behind their absence or suppression: the widespread scarcity, for example, of figurative representation, and the decline of secular literature, between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance, and the suppression of theatre during the Reformation. Jack Goody's accessible approach to his subject will ensure that this book appeals equally to anthropologists and historians, and to all students of culture, art history and literature.

Full contents
  • 1. Representations and Cognitive Contradictions
  • 2. Icons and Iconoclasm in Africa? Absence and Ambivalence
  • 3. Relics and the Cognitive Contradiction of Mortal Remains and Immortal Longings
  • 4. Theatre, Rites and Representations of the Other
  • 5. Myth: Thoughts on its Uneven Distribution
  • 6. Objections to the Novel
  • 7. Representations of Sex and their Denial
  • 8. Culture and Cognition.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-285) and index.

Subjects Culture -- Philosophy.  |  Image (Philosophy) -- Cross-cultural studies.  |  Representation (Philosophy) -- Cross-cultural studies.

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