Literature and Anthropology

Literature and Anthropology

Literature and Anthropology

Literature and Anthropology

Synopsis

Literature and Anthropology consists of a collection of papers written by anthropologists, writers, and literary scholars in reference to a multitude of topics such as ethnographic mystery novels, Caribbean literature, anthropological poetry and shamanism. These papers were selected by an interdisciplinary committee at Texas Tech on the basis of their individual merits.

Excerpt

The purpose of Studies in Comparative Literature is to explore literatures of various cultures and linguistic groups in comparison with one another, and to compare literature with other disciplines or fields of study. First published in 1968, volumes of the series derive from annual symposia founded by Wolodymyr T. Zyla, under the auspices of the Interdepartmental Committee on Comparative Literature at Texas Tech. In subsequent years, the series flourished, and volumes have been devoted to the study of authors (e.g., Kafka, Camus, Shakespeare), genres (e.g., the short story, science fiction), and movements and themes (e.g., surrealism, mythology).

This volume evolves from the Twentieth Annual Comparative Literature Symposium, held in January, 1987, on the topic, “Literature and Anthropology.” Anthropologists, writers, and literary scholars have all contributed to the volume, and the papers deal with a broad variety of topics including ethnographic mystery novels, Caribbean literature, anthropological poetry, and shamanism. The papers were selected by an interdisciplinary committee at Texas Tech on the basis of their individual merits. Rather than relating to a common, well-defined theme, they attest to the broad variety of interests within the general field of humanistic anthropology.

Wendell Aycock . . .

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