GREENBLATT MARVELOUS POSSESSIONS PDF

Shelves: latin-americato-present "How does one read the signs of the other? How does one make signs to the other? How does one move from mute wonder to communication? This book focuses on the semiotics of encounter, communication, and possession between Native Americans and Europeans during episodes of first contact. What was wonder, and what was the difference between marvel, miracle, and monster? How did Europeans interpret Native American cultures through the signs of their own cultures?

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Shelves: latin-americato-present "How does one read the signs of the other? How does one make signs to the other? How does one move from mute wonder to communication? This book focuses on the semiotics of encounter, communication, and possession between Native Americans and Europeans during episodes of first contact. What was wonder, and what was the difference between marvel, miracle, and monster?

How did Europeans interpret Native American cultures through the signs of their own cultures? How and why did they attempt to carry out formal acts of possession or conversion for people who had no idea what was being said? Finally, Ch. I have no background in semiotics, and am not familiar with literary criticism. Even so, while I think the significance of some parts went completely over my head, I still really enjoyed both the subject and the writing.

The author draws elegant parallels and comparisons, and powerfully and directly communicates their points. He makes an interesting case, even when examining the most complicated of self-promoters Columbus, Mandeville and those who are normally not canonical in these early travel writings. Where Greenblatt is helpful is in looking at the specific language of the narratives he analyzes and finding an archetypal condition for these encounters; yet there is also a sense that in creating an "archetype" he also assumes a type based on a few narratives.

Nonetheless, as with all Greenblatt, a fascinating read. The substance, if you will, is about the way Western Europeans in the late Middle Ages, having begun expanding across the world and encountering its other inhabitants, engaged with the material cultures they Unfinished, and not that sorry about it.

The substance, if you will, is about the way Western Europeans in the late Middle Ages, having begun expanding across the world and encountering its other inhabitants, engaged with the material cultures they encountered. In non-Greenblattian terms, what they did with the stuff they found. I have no reason to believe that the research is flawed in any way, but I gave up on the presentation very quickly.

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Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World

In a series of innovative readings of travel narratives, judicial documents, and official reports, Stephen Greenblatt shows that the experience of the marvelous, central to both art and philosophy, was cunningly yoked by Columbus and others to the service of colonial appropriation. He argues that the traditional symbolic actions and legal rituals through which European sovereignty was asserted were strained to the breaking point by the unprecedented nature of the discovery of the New World. Marvelous Possession is not only a collection of the odd and exotic through which Stephen Greenblatt powerfully conveys a sense of the marvelous, but also a highly original extension of his thinking on a subject that has occupied him throughout his career. The book reaches back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the present to ask how it is possible, in a time of disorientation, hatred of the other, and possessiveness, to keep the capacity for wonder from being poisoned? Reviews A marvellous book.

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