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The Resource Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation, Vincent Crapanzano

Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation, Vincent Crapanzano

Label
Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation
Title
Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire
Title remainder
on the epistemology of interpretation
Statement of responsibility
Vincent Crapanzano
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Vincent Crapanzano here focuses his critical powers upon the interpretive and dialogic strategies of his own culture. In essays that question how the human sciences, particularly anthropology and psychoanalysis, articulate their fields of study, Crapanzano addresses the enormous problem of describing the self in both its individual and collective projections. Treating subjects as diverse as Roman carnivals and Balinese cockfights, circumcision, dreaming, and spirit possession in Morocco, transference in psychoanalysis, self-characterization in teenage girls' gossip, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and Jane Austen's "Emma", dialogue models in hermeneutics, and semantic vertigo in Hamlet's Elsinore, these essays look critically at the inner workings of interpretation in the human sciences and literary study. In modern Western culture's attempts to interpret and communicate the nature of other cultures, Crapanzano finds a crippling crisis in representation. He shows how the quest for knowledge of "exotic" and "primitve" people is often confused with an unexamined need for self-definition, and he sets forth the resulting interpretive paradoxes, particularly the suppression of any awareness of the play of power and desire in such an approach. What is missing from contemporary theories of interpretation is, in Crapanzano's account, a crucial understanding of the role context plays in any act of communication or its representation - in interpretation itself. Although he makes use of theories in hermeneutics and psychoanalysis, Crapanzano's method is ethnographic. By looking at contemporary theories as an ethnologist might view the theories of the people he studies, he aims to invert their processes, and thus to restore a sense of naturalness to our experience of self, dialogue, and cultural exchange
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crapanzano, Vincent
Index
index present
LC call number
GN502
LC item number
.C74 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
GN 502
NLM item number
C893h 1992
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  • Ethnopsychology
  • Ethnology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Language and languages
  • Ethnopsychology
  • Language
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic Interpretation
  • Ethnopsychologie
  • Ethnologie
  • Psychanalyse
  • Herméneutique
  • Langage et langues
  • Zelf
  • Cultuurpsychologie
  • Etnopsicologia
  • Hermenêutica
  • Etnologia (filosofia)
  • Völkerpsychologie
  • Anthropologie
  • Psychoanalyse
  • Interpretation
  • Erkenntnistheorie
Label
Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation, Vincent Crapanzano
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [357]-375) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
23582736
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 386 pages
Isbn
9780674389809
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91015215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1430794
  • (OCoLC)23582736
Label
Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation, Vincent Crapanzano
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [357]-375) 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
23582736
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 386 pages
Isbn
9780674389809
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91015215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1430794
  • (OCoLC)23582736

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