Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Death of a structuralist

The last of the greats of the "theory generation" has passed away: Claude Levi-Strauss, aged 100. He outlived not only the eclipse of the theory he named "structuralism," but also the eclipse of post-structuralism as well.

... Perhaps it's ungenerous to imply that Umberto Eco is not of the same magnitude.

... Superior NYT obit. Nothing up at NYRB yet.

... I was wondering what anthropologists think of Levi-Strauss's work; here's one appreciation (from back in July). (Via 3QD.)

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