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Postmortal Life of Savages. Witkiewicz und Malinowski Desinterred


Sajewska, Dorota (2016). Postmortal Life of Savages. Witkiewicz und Malinowski Desinterred. TDR: The Drama Review, T229:132-149.

Abstract

In the burial rites of the Trobrianders Bronislaw Malinowski describes, a body is removed from its grave so that certain bones can be used as relics. He was joined in the tropics by Polish playwright Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, whose bones, it was later discovered—after his remains were relocated twice—were nowhere to be found. The two friends were reunited in a 2011 play that shares a title with one of Malinowski’s books: The Sexual Life of Savages. The anthropologist’s demonstration of how remains achieve autonomy aptly reflects the role bones and things play in “necroperformance.”

Abstract

In the burial rites of the Trobrianders Bronislaw Malinowski describes, a body is removed from its grave so that certain bones can be used as relics. He was joined in the tropics by Polish playwright Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, whose bones, it was later discovered—after his remains were relocated twice—were nowhere to be found. The two friends were reunited in a 2011 play that shares a title with one of Malinowski’s books: The Sexual Life of Savages. The anthropologist’s demonstration of how remains achieve autonomy aptly reflects the role bones and things play in “necroperformance.”

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:16 Feb 2017 08:56
Last Modified:16 Feb 2017 08:57
Publisher:MIT Press
ISSN:1054-2043

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