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Masks of Difference: Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art (Cultural Margins)

Masks of Difference: Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art (Cultural Margins)

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David Richards
Cambridge University Press, 3/26/2010
EAN 9780521479721, ISBN10: 052147972X

Paperback, 364 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

David Richards here examines historical anthropological discourse - specifically writings about and depictions of 'savage' peoples by conquering races - as a form of textual practice. He analyses various kinds of 'naturalistic' representations, both artistic and literary, of colonised cultures, revealing the ways in which such representations betray their own subject-positions and fail - from our modern perspective - to act as the objective 'mirrors on nature' that they might originally have purported to be. Masks of Difference provides original and informative readings of individual sites of colonisation, including Florida (1564–91), and Scotland (1814), together with extended surveys; what emerges is a composite picture of anthropological representation as a textual genre in its own right, embracing literature, literary theory, and colonial/postcolonial studies.

Introduction
1. The satyr anatomised
Venice 1570
2. Identity and its others
Florida 1564–91
3. The lovers of Paramaribo
Surinam 1663–1777
4. Making history
Scotland 1814
5. 'Do they eat their enemies or their friends?' Cambridge and Bugunda 1887–1932
6. Causes célèbres in the myths of modernism
Melanesia and Brazil 1895–1970
7. Third eye/evil eye
8. Different masks
9. Masks of difference
Notes
Index.