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The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In this study, the myth of the Noble Savage is an altogether different myth from the one defended or debunked by others over the years. That the concept of the Noble Savage was first invented by ... More


The Ecologically Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0023
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Looking at academic publications in more traditional media in recent years, we find the Noble Savage myth and its rhetoric enjoying widespread popularity in many disciplines. As a pseudological and ... More


Introduction

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is still widely cited as the inventor of the “Noble Savage”—a mythic personification of natural goodness by a romantic glorification of savage life in a call for the development ... More


The Noble Savage and the World Wide Web

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0022
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The story of the creation of the myth of the Noble Savage ends with its introduction into the anthropological disputes and political struggles over racial equality and human rights of the ... More


Conclusion

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0025
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Myths are by nature timeless; and the myth of the Noble Savage will inevitably generate more or less noble and ignoble savages. But as a rhetorical construct, the Noble Savage indeed has a history, ... More


THE NATIVE AMERICAN IN POPULAR MUSIC

Derek B. Scott

in FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC: On Critical Musicology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195151961
eISBN:
9780199870394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on representations of the American Indian in popular styles of Western music from the 18th century to the present. The intention is to show how cultural difference is ... More


Popular Views of the Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The existence of extensive scholarship on the Noble Savage in literary fiction allows one to see how problematic the concept is. On the one hand, it would be surprising if the writers of a “romantic” ... More


The Noble Savage Myth and Travel-Ethnographic Literature

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In the interval between Lescarbot's invention of the Noble Savage concept at the beginning of the seventeenth century and its reemergence as a full-blown myth in the 1850s, the Noble Savage appears ... More


The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0018
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter returns to the question of when and how the Noble Savage reentered the theoretical discourse of anthropology. It appears to have been reintroduced by John Crawfurd, soon to be elected ... More


The Makah Whale Hunt of 1999

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0024
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

For a more specifically targeted example of the political uses of Ecologically Noble Savage rhetoric, this chapter turns to the case of Makah whaling. On May 17, 1999, the Makah of Neah Bay, in ... More


Racial difference and ‘The Noble Savage’

Peters Laura

in Dickens and race

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719064265
eISBN:
9781781705728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064265.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter three, ‘Racial Difference and ‘The Noble Savage’’ is devoted to one of Dickens’s most infamous pieces, ‘The Noble Savage’ seeking to contextualise this piece both within a range of discourses ... More


Poetic Nobility: Dryden, Heroism, and Savages

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Tracing the fate of the Noble Savage after Lescarbot leads in complex and ambiguous directions. This chapter examines Dryden's reference to the Noble Savage, apparently derived from Lescarbot's work. ... More


Colonialism, Savages, and Terrorism

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The ideas both of the Noble Savage and of an anthropological science of human diversity grew out of the writings of Renaissance European traveler-ethnographers. Both can be traced at least to the ... More


Historians and Philosophes

Tim Fulford

in Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756-1830

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199273379
eISBN:
9780191706332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273379.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter considers the accounts of Indians made by white historians and theorists, such as Rousseau, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson in the 18th century.


Race, Mythmaking, and the Crisis in Ethnology

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Noble Savage disappears after Lescarbot and Dryden, and does not reemerge in Rousseau. This chapter suggests that there were no accusations of Rousseau's promotion of a belief in the Noble ... More


Hearts and Minds: LʼIngénu

ROGER PEARSON

in The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158806
eISBN:
9780191673375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses one of Voltaire's popular works, LʼIngénu, which is a comic satire which was published in July 1767. This work features a ‘noble savage’, and by the end of the story readers ... More


People in the Forest

Robert A. Voeks

in The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226547718
eISBN:
9780226547855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226547855.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter explores the origin of the noble savage archetype so often deployed in the jungle medicinal narrative. From monstrous man-beasts to lazy and libidinous sub-humans, and finally to noble ... More


The Miscegenation Hoax

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0021
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In early 1864, a pamphlet called Miscegenation was published anonymously in the United States. This chapter examines P. T. Barnum's account of it in Humbugs of the World. Barnum describes the adroit ... More


Primitivism and Philo-primitivism

Ben Etherington

in Literary Primitivism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781503602366
eISBN:
9781503604094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 advances the historical side of the argument by drawing a distinction between “philo-primitivism” and “emphatic primitivism.” It finds that the philo-primitivist ideal of the “noble savage” ... More


The Islanders Speak: Pacific Reflections in the British Press

Jennifer Fuller

in Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474413848
eISBN:
9781474422093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413848.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The final chapter looks at the works of Pacific islanders that were published and circulated by the British press and that have remained almost invisible to literary critics. While influenced and ... More


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