Taussig and Mimesis (again)

Doug Dalton (ddalton@LWCNET.LWC.EDU)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 14:01:18 EST

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I recently (finally) read Taussig's Mimesis and Alterity and
discovered that something like his (and Benjamin's) notion of
"mimesis" is at the heart of a critical reinterpretation of cargo
cults on which I have been working. I also recollect that a short
discussion of Taussig's work on this list several months ago provoked
some consternation and gnashing, but cannot quite remember why and
have been unable to locate this discussion in the anthro-l archives.
I also have a colleague and friend who shares my interest in pursuing
the critical lines set out in Taussig's Mimesis in the setting of a
AAA panel. This leads me to several questions:

1. Does anyone recall the approximate dates of the previous
discussion of Taussig on anthro-l?

2. Is anyone interested in pursuing a new discussion of the same on
this list?

3. Would anyone else be interested in pursuing some of the critical
lines set out by Taussig with specific analyses in ethnographic
contexts in an AAA panel? If so, perhaps we could get Taussig
involved, in which case I would need to hear from about four more
people with specific interests and ideas for papers. I would be happy
to write a session abstract and send it, if you like.


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Doug Dalton
Department of Anthropology
Longwood College
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