Gathering for the 1st time all of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s writings on jap civilization, The different Face of the Moon kinds a sustained meditation into the French anthropologist’s dictum that to appreciate one’s personal tradition, one needs to regard it from the perspective of another.
publicity to eastern artwork used to be influential in Lévi-Strauss’s early highbrow progress, and among 1977 and 1988 he visited the rustic 5 instances. The essays, lectures, and interviews of this quantity, written among 1979 and 2001, are the fabricated from those trips. They examine an mind-blowing diversity of subjects—among them Japan’s founding myths, Noh and Kabuki theater, the individuality of the japanese musical scale, the artisanship of Jomon pottery, and the connection among jap photo arts and delicacies. For Lévi-Strauss, Japan occupied a special position between international cultures. Molded within the historic earlier by means of chinese language impacts, it had extra lately included a lot from Europe and the USA. however the substance of those borrowings used to be so rigorously assimilated that eastern tradition by no means misplaced its specificity. as if considered from the hidden part of the moon, Asia, Europe, and the US all locate, in Japan, photographs of themselves profoundly transformed.
As in Lévi-Strauss’s vintage ethnography Tristes Tropiques, this new English translation provides the voice of 1 of France’s so much public intellectuals at its such a lot personal.
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