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Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives

by Marianna Torgovnick

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This book introduced me to the concept of "primitivism" which didn't evoke something clear to me before I read Marianna Torgovnick.
It's such a disturbing book... You learn more about you when you thought you were going to learn about the strangers... But WE are the strangers.
  Joshette | Jun 6, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226808327, Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:34 -0400)

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