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But I Have Too Many Questions

The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.   —  Claude Levi-Strauss . On This Day In: 2015 A New Friend… 14 more words

Deconstruction: An essay about literary theory

I already know what you’re thinking: Boooooring, right?

I studied English Language and Literature in school, with a minor in creative writing. Easily the most challenging class I took in college was a critical theory course taught by… 1,254 more words


Book Review: The Savage Mind

This book begins abruptly: no introduction, no telling the reader what he or she is about to learn – just launches straight into his first argument with other ethno-anthropologists and philosophers, like Jean-Paul Sartre. 40 more words


Book Review: Tristes Tropiques

It took me a while to get to like Tristes Tropiques. But I did and do. Claude Lévi-Strauss (author of The Savage Mind) tells a good story, observes humanity with a kindly eye, and points his binoculars – sometimes more like a microscope – without prejudice. 296 more words


Claude Levi Strauss' Concept of Bricolage 

In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. 304 more words

Literary Theory

The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.

— Claude Lévi-Strauss


Octavio Paz's -- Claude Levi-Strauss: An Introduction

Admittedly, it can get a little confusing here. Octavio Paz is writing a book about another thinker, and it can be hard to tell who is asserting what from the quotes. 1,040 more words