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Experiments with Empire: Anthropology and Fiction in the French Atlantic

Experiments with Empire: Anthropology and Fiction in the French Atlantic

by Justin Izzo


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ISBN-13: 9781478004004
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 06/07/2019
Series: Theory in Forms Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Justin Izzo is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction: Ethnographic Fictions in the French Atlantic  1
1. Ethnographic Didacticism and Africanist Melancholy: Leiris, Hampăté Bă, and the Epistemology of Style  17
2. The Director of Modern Life: Jean Rouch's Ethnofiction  55
3. Folkore, Fiction, and Ethnographic Nation Building: Price-Mars, Alexis, Depestre, Laferrière  98
4. Creole Novels and the Ethnographic Production of Literary History: Glissant, Chamoiseau, Confiant  134
5. Speculative Cityscapes and Premillennial Policing: Ethnographies of the Present in Jean-Claude Izzo's Crime Trilogy  169
Conclusion: Empire, Democracy, and Nonsovereign Knowledges  203
Notes  217
Bibliography  257

What People are Saying About This

Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World - Gary Wilder

“Taking up a set of important issues regarding anthropology, colonialism, and the politics of representation, Justin Izzo shows how ethnographic fictions not only demonstrate the limitations of anthropological knowledge, they become alternative anthropologies of colonial and postcolonial encounters. Experiments with Empire should be read by scholars interested in questions of empire, knowledge production, and aesthetics. It grapples with the kind of political and epistemological questions that should be central to the next generation of postcolonial studies.”

Assembly - Michael Hardt

“Justin Izzo's fascinating study brings to life the experimental ethnographic fictions created by writers and filmmakers in French colonial spaces on both sides of the Atlantic, revealing alternative modes of life and ways of knowing the world that arise within empire from below. He shows us how these twentieth-century experimentations open potential avenues for developing democratic futures in our time.”