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Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature, 1865-1920
by Brad Evans (Goodreads Author)
The term culture in its anthropological sense did not enter the American lexicon with force until after 1910—more than a century after Herder began to use it in Germany and another thirty years after E. B. Tylor and Franz Boas made it the object of anthropological attention. Before Cultures explores this delay in the development of the culture concept and its relation to t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
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This is a really excellent study that excavates the concept in turn of the century America that would come to know as cultural difference. This provocative starting point opens up space for new readings of Howells, Jewett, Harris, and others that call into question traditional interpretations of locality, communication, and commodification.