Anthropological Poetics

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In "Anthropological Poetics," 14 distinguished anthropologists cast their imaginations self-consciously in a search for less conventional forms of understanding and expression. These essays provide an eloquent demonstration that there is more than one way to say anthropology and that some things said poetically about anthropological experience can't be said with equal effectiveness any other way.

Author Biography: Ivan Brady is Professor of ...

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Overview

In "Anthropological Poetics," 14 distinguished anthropologists cast their imaginations self-consciously in a search for less conventional forms of understanding and expression. These essays provide an eloquent demonstration that there is more than one way to say anthropology and that some things said poetically about anthropological experience can't be said with equal effectiveness any other way.

Author Biography: Ivan Brady is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York College in Oswego.

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Editorial Reviews

American Anthropologist
This volume, which is considerably enriched by Ivan Brady's concise and perceptive introductions to each essay, will make a lasting contribution to anthropology; it may enable us to open our senses to the world and hear the confounding pulse of life that beats so strongly in the world.
Wisconsin Bookwatch
These essays provide an eloquent demonstration that there is more than one way to say anthropology and that some things said poetically about anthropological experience can't be said with equal effectiveness any other way.
Comparative Literature
This is a very interesting collection of essays. It affords both the specialist and the outsider a fascinating overview of the efforts of a discipline.
William L. Rodman
...a milestone in the coming of age of interpretive anthropology.
Paul Rabinow
Anthropological Poeticsdeserves a hearty welcome. It brings ethno-poetics back home.
George E. Marcus
This is the most important collection from within anthropology to address recent efforts to understand the relationship between anthropology, literature, and romanticism...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847676729
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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Ivan Brady is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York College in 'swego.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Harmony and Argument: Bringing Forth the Artful Science Chapter 2 Poetics and the Recentering of Anthropology Chapter 3 Telling Tales of the South Pacific Chapter 4 The Trickster Unmasked: Anthropology and the Imagination Chapter 5 "Parsifal" And Semiotic Structuralism Chapter 6 The Goddess as Muse Chapter 7 Poetry as Self-Creation Chapter 8 Dialogic Narration and the Paradoxes of Masada Chapter 9 Point of View in Anthropological Discourse: The Ethnographer as Gilgamesh Chapter 10 In Search of Experience: The Anthropological Poetics of Stanley Diamond Chapter 11 On the Language of Benjamin Lee Whorf Chapter 12 Ethnographic Genre and Poetic Voice Chapter 13 Reversal Chapter 14 The Speaker of Tales Has More than One String to Play On

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