Inventing the American Primitive

Inventing the American Primitive

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Inventing the American Primitive examines a body of work, both literary and anthropological, that describes, inscribes, translates and transforms Native American myths and poetry. Drawing on post-colonial and feminist theory, as well as ethnography's recent textual turn, Carr reveals the conflicts and ambivalence in these texts. Through their writings, the writers and anthropologists studied were attempting to preserve a culture which their country, with their help or connivance, sought to destroy. The contradictions and tensions of this position run throughout their work. Although there is no simple narrative of progress in this story as it moves from the eighteenth-century primitivism to tweentieth-century modernism, the book shows the process by which the richness and complexity of Native American traditions came to be acknowledgedEden was another temporal image through which time and geography could imperceptibly merge. ... of the United States until the modernist period, when Boasian anthropologists began to challenge that evolutionary narrative. ... one of those beautymaking desert groups, The Path on the Rainbow.8 Whilst much of the collection exemplified how translation ... as Arnold Krupat has recently written , that a#39;Native American verbal expression a€” literature a€“ is as alive and important today, fiveanbsp;...

Title:Inventing the American Primitive
Author: Helen Carr
Publisher:NYU Press - 1996-07-01

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