Literary Anthropology

The Sub-disciplinary Context

Máiréad Nic Craith, Laurent Sebastian Fournier

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Abstract

This special issue on anthropology and literature invited proposals for original contributions focusing on relationships between anthropology and literature. We were especially interested in the following questions: what role does literature play in anthropology? Can literature be considered as ethnography? What are the relationships between anthropology and literature, past and present? Are anthropology and anthropological motives used in literature? We also looked for critical readings of writers as anthropologists and critical readings of anthropologists as writers. Moreover, we wanted to assess the influence of literature on the invention of traditions, rituals and cultural performances. All these different questions and topics are clearly connected with the study of literacy, illiteracy and popular culture. They also lead to questions regarding potential textual strategies for ethnography and the possibilities of bringing together the field of anthropology (more associated with the social sciences) and literary studies (traditionally part of the humanities).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Keywords

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Literary Anthropology : The Sub-disciplinary Context. / Nic Craith, Máiréad; Fournier, Laurent Sebastian.

In: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 2, 01.03.2016, p. 1-8.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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