ANTHRCUL 652 - Ethnographic Writing
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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.

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ANTHRCUL 652 - Ethnographic Writing
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001 (SEM)
M 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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