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Cannibal Talk


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List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Preface 1. Anthropology and the Man-Eating Myth 2. British Cannibals": Dialogical Misunderstandings in the South Seas 3. Concerning Violence: A Backward Journey into Maori Anthropophagy 4. Savage Indignation: Cannibalism and the Parodic 5. The Later Fate of Heads: Cannibalism, Decapitation, and Capitalism 6. Cannibal Feasts in Nineteenth-Century Fiji: Seamen's Yarns and the Ethnographic Imagination 7. Narratives of the Self: Chevalier Peter Dillon's Fijian Cannibal Adventures 8. On Quartering and Cannibalism and the Discourses of Savagism Conclusion Notes Index

About the Author

Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the author of Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth (California, 2002), The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (1997), The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology (1990), The Cult of the Goddess Pattini (1984), and Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience (1984).


"A tour de force: meticulously argued, nuanced, and wideranging in its interpretations. In the hands of a master, the prodigious scholarship and large intellectual appetite make for a very convincing, comprehensive work." -George Marcus, coeditor of Writing Culture; "The sheer scope of Cannibal Talk is remarkable, and its contribution to the anthropology of colonialism outstanding. Obeyesekere's research, original thinking, and applied reading are unrivalled on the discourses of cannibalism and their implications." -Paul Lyons, University of Hawaii"

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