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The Myth of the Noble Savage$
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Ter Ellingson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222687

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222687.001.0001

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The Ethnographic Savage from Rousseau to Morgan

The Ethnographic Savage from Rousseau to Morgan

(p.99) 7 The Ethnographic Savage from Rousseau to Morgan
The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

University of California Press

This chapter examines the two minds of Pierre F.-X. de Charlevoix, who embodies much of the complexity and ambiguity of changing European views of the “savage.”; vanishing savages and diminishing nobility; Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney, and the ruins of savagery; Lewis Henry Morgan and the ennobling effects of evolution. The discussion looks at the rising currents of racial negativity that increasingly suffuse the writings of every discipline during the period after Rousseau.

Keywords:   Rousseau, racial negativity, Charlevoix, savage, Lewis Henry Morgan, comte de Volney

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