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Far Afield: French Anthropology between Science and Literature

Debaene, Vincent

Editore: University Of Chicago Press, 2014
ISBN 10: 022610706X / ISBN 13: 9780226107066
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Titolo: Far Afield: French Anthropology between ...

Casa editrice: University Of Chicago Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2014

Legatura: Soft cover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Farewell to the Voyage addresses the vexed relationship between anthropology and the French literary tradition, from Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille to Claude Lvi-Strauss and Roland Barthes, and beyond. It retraces the history of a reciprocal fascination between French writers and anthropologists. The writers are wary of the anthropologists' austere, #145;scientific,' discipline but are intrigued by the objects they collect and the issues they raise; the anthropologists claim to be scientists but at the same time see themselves as heirs to Montaigne and Rousseau, and are deeply concerned with writing and representational practices. By considering the history of anthropology and literature together, Debaene delineates the complex and contradictory identity of an intellectual tradition which, since the 1920's, has made claims to both scientific rigor and avant-garde literary experimentation. It thus brings into relief the cultural specificity of a French disciplinary practice so often considered untranslatable to anthropologists from the English-speaking world. This is the only such work of French scholarship and commentary on the history of its own anthropology to explicitly take into account and engage with the major parallel development in American anthropology-- the shift that in retrospect has been marked by the publication of Writing Culture. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_usedgood_022610706X

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Riassunto: Anthropology has long had a vexed relationship with literature, and nowhere has this been more acutely felt than in France, where most ethnographers, upon returning from the field, write not one book, but two: a scientific monograph and a literary account. In  Far Afield—brought to English-language readers here for the first time—Vincent Debaene puzzles out this phenomenon, tracing the contours of anthropology and literature?s mutual fascination and the ground upon which they meet in the works of thinkers from Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille to Claude Lévi-Strauss and Roland Barthes.
The relationship between anthropology and literature in France is one of careful curiosity. Literary writers are wary about anthropologists? scientific austerity but intrigued by the objects they collect and the issues they raise, while anthropologists claim to be scientists but at the same time are deeply concerned with writing and representational practices. Debaene elucidates the richness that this curiosity fosters and the diverse range of writings it has produced, from Proustian memoirs to proto-surrealist diaries. In the end he offers a fascinating intellectual history, one that is itself located precisely where science and literature meet.

L'autore: Vincent Debaene is associate professor of French at Columbia University. He is the critical editor of the Pléiade edition of the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss and coauthor of  Claude Lévi-Strauss: L?Homme au Regard ÉloignéJustin Izzo is assistant professor of French Studies at Brown University.

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