e-Duke Books

Crumpled Paper Boat:

Experiments in Ethnographic Writing

Edited by Anand Pandian and Stuart McLean

Crumpled Paper Boat is a book of experimental ventures in ethnographic writing, an exploration of the possibilities of a literary anthropology. These original essays from notable writers in the field blur the boundaries between ethnography and genres such as poetry, fiction, memoir, and cinema. They address topics as diverse as ritual expression in Cuba and madness in a Moroccan city, the HIV epidemic in South Africa and roadkill in suburban America. Essays alternate with methodological reflections on fundamental problems of writerly heritage, craft, and responsibility in anthropology. Crumpled Paper Boat engages writing as a creative process of encounter, a way of making and unmaking worlds, and a material practice no less participatory and dynamic than fieldwork itself. These talented writers show how inventive, appealing, and intellectually adventurous prose can allow us to enter more profoundly into the lives and worlds of others, breaking with conventional notions of representation and subjectivity. They argue that such experimentation is essential to anthropology’s role in the contemporary world, and one of our most powerful means of engaging it.  

Contributors. Daniella Gandolfo, Angela Garcia, Tobias Hecht, Michael Jackson, Adrie Kusserow, Stuart McLean, Todd Ramón Ochoa, Anand Pandian, Stefania Pandolfo, Lisa Stevenson, Kathleen Stewart

Series: 
  • School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar

Bibliographic Information

Title: 
Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing
Edited by: 
  • Anand Pandian
  • Stuart McLean
Published: 
2017-04-05
Copyright year: 
  • 2017
ISBN electronic: 
978-0-8223-7326-1
ISBN cloth: 
978-0-8223-6329-3
ISBN paper: 
978-0-8223-6340-8
Series: 
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar

Author Bio

  • Anand Pandian teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation, also published by Duke University Press. Stuart McLean teaches anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His books include Fictionalizing Anthropology: Encounters and Fabulations at the Edge of the Human.

Subject Matters: new book alerts from Duke University Press