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Gone Primitive by Marianna Torgovnick
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Jan 16, 10

bookshelves: big-picture, not-the-us

This book was a “wow” for me. It’s not an easy read, but it's well researched, provocative, interesting, and works steadily toward building its case. It’s older, published in 1990 by the University of Chicago Press, but feels fresh. It makes a lot of illuminating points about culture – particularly western culture’s view of other culture’s – and objectification. Its arguments are made within chapters with titles like “Taking Tarzan Seriously” that go into great detail about things like cultural tropes, prominent researchers, or art history, but have a common thread. A strong feminist sensibility runs throughout as well.
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