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We might say that the anthropophagous plant emerges from anxious awareness of universal common descent and its implications for human-plant relationships, but also serves the cultural purpose of containing that fear and restoring the hermetic instrumentalist hierarchy that subordinates other animals to humans and backgrounds plants entirely.
Alcott's story, tellingly published a few years prior to 1875, does not feature a man-eater, but belongs to an older tradition of deadly plants that soon merged with the rising tradition of motile and anthropophagous plants.
Restrictions on what categories of persons could eat, preventive rites immediately following consumption, and long-term restrictions on commensality between a witch's e aters and his kin were informed by fear, either the transformation of a witch-eater into a new anthropophagous witch, or fatal regrowth of the old witch's head in the belly of some host person's body.
It is particularly interesting to note that in the section of Le "Manitoba" ne repond plus, mentioned earlier, where a cannibalistic ritual is about to be performed, the two youngsters are rescued from the cooking pot by a troop of monkeys--led by their own pet, Jocko, a domesticated, "Westernized" monkey--bombarding the anthropophagous natives with coconuts "C'est Jocko
The colonial essence of Gauguin's aesthetic project underlines the authoritarian and mythic character of bourgeois modernity, especially its anthropophagous character.
Second, I examine this over-determined image, a veritable fixation in the European imaginary, against the claim advanced in recent Humboldt scholarship that he "took the novel step" of asking the cannibals to speak about their anthropophagous practices.
Naturally, then, the discourse on "cannibalism" that emerges in Humboldt's anxious depiction of anthropophagous practices in South America is only one moment in a heterogeneous and discontinuous "series of colonizing discourses" (Spurr 1).
I argue that Humboldt, in his representation of cannibalism in the Personal Narrative, shares this dynamic perspective, as his observations on the anthropophagous practices among the native Americans frequently involve critical self-reflection, particularly in view of the corruption wrought by European colonial powers, which Humboldt senses contributes significantly to the moral depravity of the cannibals.
Humboldt arrives three hundred years into the interaction between Europeans and natives, long after the (inquisitive) presence of colonizers had altered whatever anthropophagous practices may have been present among the native inhabitants.
He serves up pictures of the natives, whom he peppers with questions concerning their anthropophagous practices.
However, following Obeyeskere, I also read this as the moment when they became cannibals in a straightforward sense, as Europe's discourse on cannibalism certainly altered whatever anthropophagous or human-sacrificial practices may have been present before Europeans began inquiring and observing.
The result of Humboldt's inquiry into the "scandalous accusations" of the American inhabitants' anthropophagous practices is a split, multistable image.
Pagden's focus on the interpreters of Jean de Lery's journey features the mutability of the anthropophagous act, which resembles Humboldt's description here, although Pagden reads the movement of Europeans toward "savage" practices as part of assimilating to the local situation.
anthropophagous fish bite mouthfuls out of you"); and bewailing his lack of Portuguese ("Jesuina .
Swift "makes fictional cannibalism into an allegory of the real thing: an imagined anthropophagous economy, based on commerce in children's flesh, becomes a metaphor for a society in which the organized misery of English overlordship, together with religious hatred and a contemptuous attitude towards the entire population, is effectively forcing men to devour one another.
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