''The Raw and the Cooked'' (1964) is the first volume from ''Mythologiques
'', a structural
study of Amerindian
mythology written by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss
. It was originally published in French as ''Le Cru et le Cuit''. Although the book is part of a larger volume Lévi-Strauss writes that it may be appreciated on its own merits, he does not consider this first volume a beginning: "since it would have developed along similar lines if it had
had a different starting point".
In the introduction, Lévi-Strauss writes of his confidence that "certain categorical opposites drawn from everyday experience with the most basic sorts of things — e.g. 'raw' and 'cooked,' 'fresh' and 'rotten,' 'moist' and 'parched,' and others — can serve a people as conceptual tools for the formation of abstract notions and for combining these into propositions." Beginning with a Bororo
myth, Lévi-Strauss analyses 187 myths, reconstructing sociocultural formations using binary opposition
s based on sensory qualities. The work thus presents an adaptation of Ferdinand de Saussure's
theories of structural linguistics applied to a different field.
[Brenner, Art. "The Structuralism of Claude Levi-Strauss and the Visual Arts." Leonardo 10.4 (1977): 303-06.]
Category:1964 non-fiction books
Category:French non-fiction books
Category:Works by Claude Lévi-Strauss