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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Foster Morissette on Saturday September 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to CLAS 4240 at University of Georgia taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 46 views. For similar materials see /class/202173/clas-4240-university-of-georgia in Classical culture at University of Georgia.




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Date Created: 09/12/15
Interpretation of Culture Religion Myth and Ritual using tools and insights from Bakhtin Geertz Wittgenstein and others 77 Self interpreter Others ones whose culture is being interpreted ON SELF AND OTHER from Mikhail Bakhtin The Dialogic Imagination 1981 1984 tr from Russian by C Emerson and M Holquist There is a structural gap in human vision a blind spot that is dictated by the law of placement But since the place each of us occupies is unique both the things I see as well as the things I cannot see are distinctive to and in important ways help to constitute myself Dialogism celebrates alterity it is a gay science of the other that other who is my friend because only rom him can I get myself WhatI see is governed by the place from whichI see it Self and other are the two poles of all perceptual possibilities Self and other are characterized by a different space and a different time The selfs time is open un nished the other we conceive as completed insofar as we see him as what he is Alterity for Bakhtin is the de ning condition of all perception and therefore 0 all representation The selfother opposition governs the norms or perception of whole societies as well as individuals One fundamental principle of alterity is that one can never perceive himself as nished complete one can only see others as already having become what they are This eXplains why we are able to gain a picture of other societies that is in nitely more complete than the picture we have of our own culture Holquist Georqia Review 1985 CULTURE AND ANTHROPOLOGY The concept of culture I espouse is essentially a semiotic one Believingthat man is an animal suspended in webs of signi cance he himself has spun I take culture to be those webs and the analysis of it to be therefore not an eXperimental science in search of law but an interpretive one in search of meaning It is eXplicationI am after construing social eXpressions on their surface enigmatical Clifford Geertz The Interpretation of Cultures 1973 ch 1 Thick Description Toward an Interpretive Theory of CuIture p 5 ON SEMIOTICS THE STUDY OF CODES THEIR PRODUCTION AND THEIR INTERPRETATION which can be applied to the interpretation of any aspect of culture including myth On the one hand every society engages in an endless activity to penetrate the real with signi cation and constitute strongly and subtly organized semiological systems by converting things into signs the sensible into the signifying on the other hand once these systems are constituted or more exactly in the course of their constitution men ltand womengt engage in an equal activity to mask their or rational one R Barthes The Fashion System Systeme de la mode 1985 295 Semiotics in its double guise as a theory of codes and a theory of sign production is also a form of social criticism and therefore one among the many forms of social practice U Eco A Theory ofSemiotics 1976 298 ON INTERPRETATION THEORY HERMENEUTICS


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