One of the worlds most celebrated anthropologists focuses on our aesthetic sensibilities and explores how timeless works of art exert their hold on the human psyche. Drawing from the visual, musical, and literary arts, Lvi-Strauss shows how these works touch our essential humanity in a way that transcends nationality, converging cultural differences into universal principles and redefining the role art plays in the human mind. Over the course of a monumental career, Claude Lvi-Strauss has interwoven artistic materials and themes into his seminal analyses of the savage mind. Now the worlds most famous anthropologist turns his attention entirely to the domain of aesthetics. In a series of brilliant but meticulous studies, he ranges widely across the domains of painting, music, literature and the plastic arts, his fertile mind opening more general, philosophical perspectives. Look, Listen, Read begins with an analysis of Nicolas Poussins method of visual composition, and after drawing a surprising parallel with Marcel Proust, moves into a fascinating discussion, joined by Ingres and Delacroix among others, on the art of painting. Next the author turns to music, taking his inspiration from an inquiry into certain chord modulations in Rameaus opera Castor et Pollux, which at the time of its composition were considered a musical breakthrough. The book then considers the nature of the beautiful. The reference point here remains the French Enlightenment, and in particular Diderots reflections on painting. Focusing on the aesthetic controversies of this same period, but with regard to music, a fascinating series of chapters revives the work of the largely forgotten eighteenth-century musicologist Michel-Paul-Guy de Chabanon and his surprisingly contemporary discussion of musics partial resemblance to language. This leads to a consideration of the relations of words to music in opera, where Lvi-Strauss reveals something of his own tastes in music while engaging in a critical review of a work by his recently deceased friend and colleague, Michel Leires. The relation between sounds and colors is considered next, largely through a breathtaking examination of a famous but difficult poem by Arthur Rimbaud. There follows an exchange of notes with Andr Breton, written some fifty years ago, on the nature of the work of art. In the books concluding chapters the author dons the more familiar mantle of the anthropologist, and by looking at the myths of the American Indians, offering an analysis of their understanding of the place of art and of the artist in their own societies. Look, Listen, Read is a truly original work, far removed from the intellectual fads that mark contemporary discussions on aesthetics, as Lvi-Strauss advances into new territory even as he remains faithful to his structuralist inspiration. The book weaves a dense tissue of connections, correspondences, and principles, while at the same time remaining sensitive to the specificities of each of the beaux-arts. In a valedictory statement capping a lifetimes work, Lvi-Strauss has made a major new contribution to our understanding of the place of art in human life, the nature of its appeal, the source of its creativity, and its universality.
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Descripción Basic Books, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0465068812
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Descripción Basic Books, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0465068812