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Far Afield
Author: Vincent Debaene

ISBN: 9780226107066
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 17 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 2.2
Description:
Farewell to the Voyage addresses the vexed relationship between anthropology and the French literary tradition, from Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille to Claude Levi-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, ?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...

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