The Artificial Savage

The Artificial Savage

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In the Artificial Savage: Modern Myths of the Wild Man, Roger Bartra seeks out, through the history of the myth of the wild man, the literary and artistic mutations that allows us to understand its continuing presence through the centuries. To account for the persistence of this myth, whether in the popular lyrics of the poets of the Reformation or in Spanish Renaissance humanism, Bartra combines two major currents of interpretation. On the one hand there is the history of ideas; on the other, a structuralist approach belonging to the anthropology of myth, which gives pride of place to the study of cultural textures. By using both Bartra develops what he calls an evolutionist perspective capable of constructing a history of myths (or, perhaps, an anthropology of ideas) - one that helps us to understand the long sequences of events without losing sight of the presence of structures. The evolutionist approach goes beyond sequential narration but does not limit itself to the formal examination of mythological structures. It focuses our attention on certain periods when transformations occur in the myth, and thus sheds light on moments of transition in Western culture. The Artificial Savage will prove useful for students and professors in history, anthropology, literary history and criticism, cultural studies, sociology, biological sciences, psychiatry, and psychology.In a deliciously tragicomic scene with his soldiers, Don Fernando steals the corpse of Luscinda, which lies in its tomb in ... He was not able to bring himself to kill her in order to prevent her dishonor yet delivers her beautiful body to the lust ofanbsp;...

Title:The Artificial Savage
Author:Roger Bartra
Publisher: - 1997-01-01


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