99 Book reviews, Margery Wolf, A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmoderni sm & Ethno- graphic Responsibility. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992. ix - 153 pp. ISBN 0-8047-1980-2. $10.95. A frank and informed grappling with feminist and postmodern approaches to ethnography, Margery Wolf's A Thrice-Told Tale has relevance for those interested in the study of religion using anthropological and ethnographic methodologies. In gathering three different tellings - all her own - of the same story into one text, Wolf brings a feminist perspective to the discussion within anthropology regarding the roles of reflexivity and representation in the making of ethnographic texts. What results are two narratives, both potentially of interest to religion scholars. The wider narrative is that of the confluence of and contrast between feminist and (what Wolf calls) postmodern currents in ethnography. The second narrative, framed by the first, is an interpretation of women and shamanic possession in Taiwan. The story which provides the opportunity for Wolf's extended rumina- tions takes place in 1960, and is that of a northern Taiwanese woman named (by Wolf) Tan A-mei. A married woman of little economic means living in a remote village where she is still considered a stranger after ten
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