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Title The double twist : from ethnography to morphodynamics / edited by Pierre Maranda
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2001]
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 316 pages) : illustrations
Series Anthropological horizons ; 20
Anthropological horizons ; 20
Contents Introduction / Pierre Maranda -- Hourglass configurations / Claude Lévi-Strauss -- Analogy and the canonical formula of mythic transformations / Luc Racine -- Is the canonic formula useful in cultural description? / Eric Schwimmer -- Mapping cultural transformation through the canonical formula : the pagan versus Christian ontological status of women among the Lau People of Malaita, Solomon Islands / Pierre Maranda -- Hesiod, the three functions, and the canonical formula of myth / Lucien Scubla -- Classical myths and transformation : computer observation of the Lévi-Strauss formula at work / Sándor Darányi -- Ramistic commonplaces, Lévi-Straussian mythologic, and binary logic / Christopher A. Gregory -- The set of canonical transformations implied in the canonical formula for the analysis of myth / Alain Côté -- On some philosophical dynamic and connectionist implications of the canonical formula of myth seen as space categorization / Andrew William Quinn -- A morphodynamical schematization of the canonical formula for myths / Jean Petitot
Summary The essays in this intriguing collection all discuss Claude Levi-Strauss' "Canonical Formula," which he created in 1955 as a means of anthropological investigation. This apparently mathematical formula relates myths to cultural artifacts, and is especially applicable to the study of mental processes. In his paper, Levi-Strauss argues that the similarities in the architecture of seemingly disparate groups suggests a cognitive pattern that is shared by humanity; a " ... geometry that human endeavour has envisioned." The purpose of the work is to test the significance of the Formula, which is controversial and, for some, worthless. Part one applies the Formula to ethnographic field data and shows how it can lead to a deeper understanding of cultural facts; part two applies it to a body of Classical myths as an analytical tool, and part three focuses on the formal and mathematical applications and developments of the formula. The volume brings together international scholars - including Levi-Strauss, himself - from a variety of disciplines and offers important advances in structuralist thought. The essays build on each other to create a lucid, sophisticated work that pushes the limits of structuralism. This is a valuable book for scholars and advanced students of disciplines as diverse as anthropology, classical and religious studies, architecture, semiotics and mathematics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed September 29, 2016)
Subject Lévi-Strauss, Claude.
Structural anthropology.
Genre/Form Livres numériques.
Form Electronic book
Author Maranda, Pierre.
ISBN 1282014374
1442681128 (electronic bk.)
9781442681125 (electronic bk.)