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The Resource Claude Lévi-Strauss : the poet in the laboratory, Patrick Wilcken

Claude Lévi-Strauss : the poet in the laboratory, Patrick Wilcken

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Claude Lévi-Strauss : the poet in the laboratory
Title
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Title remainder
the poet in the laboratory
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Wilcken
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The definitive account of the life, work and legacy of Claude Levi-Strauss, father of modern anthropology and one of the postwar era's most influential thinkers --
  • When Claude LTvi-Strauss passed away in 2009 at age one hundred, France celebrated the life and contributions of not only a preeminent anthropologist, but one of the defining intellectuals of the twentieth century. Just as Freud had shaken up the antiquarian discipline of psychiatry, so had LTvi-Strauss revolutionized anthropology, transforming it from the colonial-era study of "exotic" tribes to one consumed with fundamental questions about the nature of humanity and civilization itself. --
  • Remarkably, there has never been a biography in English of the enigmatic Claude LTvi-Strauss. Drawing on a welter of original research and interviews with the anthropologist, Patrick Wilcken's Claude LTvi-Strauss fills this void. In rich detail, Wilcken re-creates LTvi Strauss's peripatetic life: his groundbreaking fieldwork in some of the remotest reaches of the Amazon in the 1930's; his years as a Jew in Nazi-occupied France and an TmigrT in wartime New York; and his return to Paris in the late 1940's, where he clashed with Jean-Paul Sartre and fundamentally influenced fellow postwar thinkers from Jacques Lacan to Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes. It was in France that structuralism, the school of thought he founded, first took hold, creating waves far beyond the field of anthropology. In his heyday, LTvi-Strauss was both a hero to contemporary intellectuals and an international celebrity. --
  • In Claude LTvi-Strauss, Wilcken gives the reader a fascinating intellectual tour of the anthropologist's landmark works: Tristes Tropiques, his most famous book, a literary meditation on his travels and fieldwork; The Savage Mind, which showed that "primitive" people are driven by the same intellectual curiosities as their Western counterparts; and, finally, his monumental four-volume Mythologiques, a study of the universal structures of native mythology in the Americas. In the years that LTvi-Strauss published these pioneering works, Wilcken observes, tribal societies seemed to hold the answers to the most profound questions about the human mind. --
  • Following the great anthropologist from Spo Paulo to the Brazilian interior, and from New York to Paris, Patrick Wilcken's Claude LTvi-Strauss is both an evocative journey and an intellectual biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential minds. --Book Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilcken, Patrick
Dewey number
  • 301.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GN21.L4
LC item number
W55 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lévi-Strauss, Claude
  • Anthropologists
  • Anthropologists
  • Structural anthropology
Label
Claude Lévi-Strauss : the poet in the laboratory, Patrick Wilcken
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [385]-388) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
535490478
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594202735
Lccn
2010017301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)535490478
Label
Claude Lévi-Strauss : the poet in the laboratory, Patrick Wilcken
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [385]-388) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
535490478
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594202735
Lccn
2010017301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)535490478

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