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Recent insights into the nature of representation and power relations have signaled an important shift in perspective on anthropology: from a fieldwork-based "science" of culture to an interpretive activity bound to the discursive and ideological process called "text-making." This collection of essays reflects the ongoing cross-fertilization between literary criticism and anthropology. Focusing on texts written or influenced by anthropologists between 1900 and 1945, the work relates current perspectives on anthropology's discursive nature to the literary period known as "Modernism.".

The essays, each demonstrating anthropology's profound influence on this important cultural movement, are organized according to discourse type: from the comparativist text of Frazer, to the ethnographies of Boas, Benedict, Mead, and Hurston, and on to the surrealist experiments of the College de Sociologie. Meanwhile the book's orientation shifts from essays that approach anthropology from the vantage points of literariness and textual power to those that contemplate what bearing the junction of cultural theory and anthropology can have upon present and future social institutions.

In addition to the editor, contributors include Vincent Crapanzano, Deborah Gordon, Richard Handler, Arnold Krupat, Francesco Loriggio, Michele Richman, Marty Roth, Marilyn Strathern, Robert Sullivan, John B. Vickery, and Steven Webster.

Originally published in 1990.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Textual Play, Power, and Cultural Critique: An Orientation to Modernist Anthropology
  2. MARC MANGANARO
  3. pp. 3-48
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  1. Farzer: Textual Reevaluations
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Frazer and the Elegiac: The Modernist Connection
  2. JOHN B. VICKERY
  3. pp. 51-68
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  1. Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Reading Lesson
  2. MARTY ROTH
  3. pp. 69-79
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  1. Out of Context: The Persuasive Fictions of Anthropology Comments
  2. MARILYN STRATHERN
  3. pp. 80-130
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  1. Ethnography as Discourse: The Era of the Monograph
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. Irony in Anthropology: The Work of Franz Boas
  2. ARNOLD KRUPAT
  3. pp. 133-145
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  1. The Politics of Ethnographic Authority: Race and Writing in the Ethnography of Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston
  2. DEBORAH GORDON
  3. pp. 146-162
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  1. Ruth Benedict and the Modernist Sensibility
  2. RICHARD HANDLER
  3. pp. 163-180
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  1. Anthropological Modernism: Language, Theory, and Praxis
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. Anthropology and Modernism in France: From Durkheim to the Coll├Ęge De Sociologie
  2. MICHELE RICHMAN
  3. pp. 183-214
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  1. Anthropology, Literary Theory, and the Traditions of Modernism
  2. FRANCESCO LORIGGIO
  3. pp. 215-242
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  1. Marxism and the "Subject" of Anthropology
  2. ROBERT SULLIVAN
  3. pp. 243-265
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  1. The Historical Materialist Critique of Surrealism and Postmodernist Ethnography
  2. STEVEN WEBSTER
  3. pp. 266-299
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  1. Afterword
  2. VINCENT CRAPANZANO
  3. pp. 300-308
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 309-310
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 311-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-337
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400861415
MARC Record
OCLC
889253500
Pages
349
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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