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Verging on Extra-Vagance:
Anthropology, History, Religion, Literature, Arts . . . Showbiz
James A. Boon

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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Preface: AnThoreaupology: An Invitation
Rehearsals3
An Endlessly Extra-Vagant Scholar: Kenneth Burke3
A Similar Genre: Opera9
Plus Melville, Cavell, Commodity-Life; Showbiz14
Pt. 1Rituals, Rereading, Rhetorical Turns21
Ch. 1Re Menses: Rereading Ruth Benedict, Ultraobjectively23
Ch. 2Of Foreskins: (Un)Circumcision, Religious Histories, Difficult Description (Montaigne/Remondino)43
Ch. 3About a Footnote: Between-the-Wars Bali: Its Relics Regained73
Interlude: Essay-etudes and Tristimania97
Pt. 2Multimediations: Coincidence, Memory, Magics101
Ch. 4Cosmopolitan Moments: As-if Confessions of an Ethnographer-Tourist (Echoey "Cosmomes")103
Ch. 5Why Museums Make Me Sad (Eccentric Musings)124
Ch. 6Litterytoor 'n' Anthropolygee: An Experimental Wedding of Incongruous Styles from Mark Twain and Marcel Mauss143
Pt. 3Cross-over Studies, Seriocomic Critique167
A Little Polemic, Quizzically169
Ch. 7Against Coping Across Cultures: Self-help Semiotics Rebuffed176
Ch. 8Errant Anthropology, with Apologies to Chaucer191
Ch. 9Margins and Hierarchies and Rhetorics That Subjugate198
Ch. 10Evermore Derrida, Always the Same (What Gives?)211
Ch. 11Taking Torgovnick as She Takes Others221
Ch. 12Rerun (1980s): Mary Douglas's Grid/Group Grilled230
Ch. 13Update (1990s): Coca-Cola Consumes Baudrillard, and a Balinese (Putu) Consumes Coca-Cola249
Encores and Envoi: Burke, Cavell, etc., Unforgotten263
Acknowledgments and Credits279
Notes283
References315
Index357

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