ANTHRCUL 652 - Ethnographic Writing
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course considers the history, politics, and possibilities of ethnographic writing with some attention to ethnographic filmmaking. We will discuss a variety of ethnographic genres, including literary journalism, experimental ethnography, feminist ethnography, travel accounts, the memoir, poetry of witness, investigative reporting, documentary image-texts, the ethnographic novel, and autobiographical criticism. Our focus will be on the dilemmas of writing narratives of place and voice. We will analyze a range of textual strategies, including monologue, dialogue, first-person narrative, third-person narrative, flashback, different methods of quoting or paraphrasing informants, and descriptive accounts of other places. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with these literary genres and textual strategies, I want to provide a workshop environment for members of the class to strengthen their own writing and embark on ethnographic projects of their own. Students often say they don't get opportunities to try their hand at ethnographic writing before embarking on fieldwork. I hope this course will fill that need by providing a foundation for the production of more creative, daring, and original writing that can speak to and beyond the academy.


ANTHRCUL 652 - Ethnographic Writing
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 12:00PM - 3:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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