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Sacrifice entails the surrender, destruction, or self-denial of something precious or desired in exchange for peace, power, prosperity, freedom, or edification. Destruction by sacrifice, says anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, is an act of giving of the self that must be costly and "necessarily reciprocated." In sacrifice, humans come face-to-face with death without dying. Through a collection of interdisciplinary readings, this seminar examines the implications of this ruse through the themes of war, animal and human sacrifice, asceticism, acts of political immolation, big-game hunting, high-altitude mountaineering and extreme sports, and the experience of excess in festivals such as Burning Man.
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Readings: Scholarly texts by Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Inga Clendinnen, Georges Bataille, Alexander Kojeve on Hegel, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, Carolyn Marvin & David Ingle, among others alongside archeological and media reports, nonfiction stories, and memoirs on the significance of sacrifice in various contexts.
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