The Ethnographic Savage from Rousseau to Morgan

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222687
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925922 | DOI:
The Ethnographic Savage from Rousseau to Morgan

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This chapter examines the two minds of Pierre F.-X. de Charlevoix, who embodies much of the complexity and ambiguity of changing European views of the “savage.”; vanishing savages and diminishing nobility; Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney, and the ruins of savagery; Lewis Henry Morgan and the ennobling effects of evolution. The discussion looks at the rising currents of racial negativity that increasingly suffuse the writings of every discipline during the period after Rousseau.

Keywords: Rousseau; racial negativity; Charlevoix; savage; Lewis Henry Morgan; comte de Volney

Chapter.  11139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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