Thursday, March 11, 2010

Is Maus/s's Gift Appropriate?

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  1. The hinge word motivating this detournement is "Maus" = "Mauss." The text is from Alan D. Schrift, Ed., The Logic of the Gift: Toward an Ethic of Generosity. The panel is from Art Spiegelman's Maus. I have Schrift's collection on my list as a possible Theory for a CATTt project. When these two sources are combined there is an emergent signifiance, greater than the sum of the parts, or great because of the parts: the connotations of each register comment on the other (the ambivalence of the term "Gift" as "present" and "poison"). A relevance in our context is that the philosophers interested in Marcel Mauss's anthropology of the "don" were looking for a theory of exchange (economy) different from capitalist commodity.