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Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

Tim Watson


Focusing on the 1950s and early 1960s, Culture Writing argues that the period of decolonization in Britain, the United States, France, and the Caribbean was characterized by dynamic exchanges between literary writers and anthropologists. As the British and French Empires collapsed and the United States rose to global power, and as intellectuals from the decolonizing world challenged the cultural hegemony of the West, some anthropologists began to assess their discipline’s complicity with imperialism and experimented with literary forms and techniques. The book shows that the “literary turn” in ... More

Keywords: literature, anthropology, ethnography, decolonization, Barbara Pym, Michel Leiris, Édouard Glissant, Ursula Le Guin, Laura Bohannan, Saul Bellow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190852672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190852672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Watson, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Miami

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