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The Predicament of Culture

Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art

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$38.50 • £30.95 • €34.50

ISBN 9780674698437

Publication Date: 05/18/1988

Academic Trade

398 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

15 halftones


  • Introduction: The Pure Products Go Crazy
  • I. Discourses
    • 1. On Ethnographic Authority
    • 2. Power and Dialogue in Ethnography: Marcel Griaule’s Initiation
    • 3. On Ethnographic Self-Fashioning: Conrad and Malinowski
  • II. Displacements
    • 4. On Ethnographic Surrealism
    • 5. A Poetics of Displacement: Victor Segalen
    • 6. Tell about Your Trip: Michel Leiris
    • 7. A Politics of Neologism: Aimé Césaire
    • 8. The Jardin des Plantes: Postcards
  • III. Collections
    • 9. Histories of the Tribal and the Modern
    • 10. On Collecting Art and Culture
  • IV. Histories
    • 11. On Orientalism
    • 12. Identity in Mashpee
  • References
  • Sources
  • Index

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