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The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography (review)

The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography (review) 04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 316 316 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) to Welsh autobiography: detailed enough for readers familiar with the liter- ature of Wales, and yet brief enough for those to whom Barbara Prys- Williams has opened up a whole new world of writers. Timothy Dow Adams Carolyn Ellis. The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnog- raphy. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira, 2004. 448 pp. ISBN 0-759-10051-9, $27.95. Carolyn Ellis’s The Ethnographic I, subtitled A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography, captures the changing nature of this cross-disciplinary genre. Once the domain of social scientists who dismissed reflection and personal narrative in favor of a more scientific approach to the study of cultural groups, what counts as ethnographic research has changed. With the publication of such principal collections as James Clifford and George Marcus’s Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (U of California P, 1986), the line between social science and literature has become increasingly mobile. As Clifford explains in “Partial Truths,” anthropologists and ethnographers employing literary approaches to their science have “blurred the boundary separating art from science” (3). Incorporating the same “expressive tropes, figures, and allegories” and “rhetorical conventions” frequently associated with literary studies has become, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (2) – Aug 3, 2005

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04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 316 316 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) to Welsh autobiography: detailed enough for readers familiar with the liter- ature of Wales, and yet brief enough for those to whom Barbara Prys- Williams has opened up a whole new world of writers. Timothy Dow Adams Carolyn Ellis. The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnog- raphy. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira, 2004. 448 pp. ISBN 0-759-10051-9, $27.95. Carolyn Ellis’s The Ethnographic I, subtitled A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography, captures the changing nature of this cross-disciplinary genre. Once the domain of social scientists who dismissed reflection and personal narrative in favor of a more scientific approach to the study of cultural groups, what counts as ethnographic research has changed. With the publication of such principal collections as James Clifford and George Marcus’s Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (U of California P, 1986), the line between social science and literature has become increasingly mobile. As Clifford explains in “Partial Truths,” anthropologists and ethnographers employing literary approaches to their science have “blurred the boundary separating art from science” (3). Incorporating the same “expressive tropes, figures, and allegories” and “rhetorical conventions” frequently associated with literary studies has become,

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