Anthropological Criticism: An Essay

Anthropological criticism refers, broadly speaking, to a form of criticism that situates the making, dissemination and reception of literature within the conventions and cultural practices of human societies. Such an undertaking has become increasingly suspect in the twentieth century as critiques of the idea of the centred subject and of a stable field of knowledge… Read More Anthropological Criticism: An Essay

Claude Levi Strauss’ Concept of Bricolage 

In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. Levi-Strauss compares the working of the bricoleur and the engineer. The bricoleur, who is the “savage… Read More Claude Levi Strauss’ Concept of Bricolage 

Structuralism

The advent of critical theory in the post-war period, which comprised various complex disciplines like linguistics, literary criticism, Psychoanalytic criticism, structuralism postcolonialism etc., proved hostile to the liberal consensus which reigned the realm of criticism between the 19305 and `50s. Among these overarching discourses, the most controversial were the two intellectual movements, structuralism and poststructuralism… Read More Structuralism