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The War of Dreams: Studies in Ethno Fiction
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`Intrepid explorer of modernity, Marc Auge invites us to take a look at one of the most unsettling aspects of our world: the invasion of reality by fiction.' Le Monde Diplomatique





In this elegantly argued and compelling study, French anthropologist Marc Auge continues his critical exploration of contemporary modernity with an examination of the role of dreams, myth and fiction in the age of satellite TV and the Internet - a world in which information overload threatens to colonise us all, and to destroy the very real distinctions between fact (the real) and fiction (those invented ways in which we have, over the years and in very different communities, made sense of our collective identity in the face of otherness).



Drawing on ethnographic material from several continents, and in particular his work on the impact of colonialism, Auge demonstrates the symbolic working of myth as a source of creativity in traditional, colonial and modernising societies and considers the consequences of the present-day confusion over reality and image, as reality is 'fictionalised' by the onslaught of the mass media. As a result, he argues in this strikingly original and beautifully written study, we not only lose our sense of reality - but also our ability to create those fictions which have for so long sustained our collective sense of identity.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: Pluto Press Publication Date: 25/12/1998 ISBN-13: 9780745313849  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marc Auge, Director of the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris, is perhaps the most important French anthropologist active today. Known and respected as an Africanist, in recent years he has contributed substantially to the anthropology of modernity. Previous books by Auge have been published to critical acclaim by, amongst others, Verso.

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