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Far Afield: French Anthropology between Science and Literature

Vincent Debaene


This book takes as its object of analysis the relationship between literature and anthropology in France during the twentieth century, a moment that marked ethnography’s rise to prominence as a field science as well as the discipline’s openness to literary modes of writing that stood alongside more conventional anthropological monographs. The book argues that this openness to literature served as a textual counterpart to the institutionalization of anthropology in France, which occurred after the discipline publicly cut its ties with travel writing as a literary genre in order to become a “ser ... More

Keywords: French anthropology, Anthropology and literature, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Marcel Griaule, Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, Tristes Tropiques, L’Afrique fantôme, French social sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226106908
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226107233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent Debaene, author