Abstract

Since the 1980s, and the Writing Culture critique of ethnographic representation, the writing of ethnographic texts in anthropology has been distinguished by the perennial appearance of new works composed of tropes and stylistic strategies that reflect the diverse influences of the period of critique. These "messy" texts were, and are, valorized as experiments. This essay argues that as critique such ethnographies are not so much experimental as baroque, indicating perhaps a limit of the historic ethnographic form, and the need to push the spirit of experiment back toward the conditions of producing ethnography in fieldwork. This "refunctioning" of ethnography in its experimental spirit would recognize and address the present limit of the baroque to which the 1980s period of critique and after has led.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 1127-1145
Launched on MUSE
2007-12-20
Open Access
No
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