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Title Excerpts from the World Waltz : Contamination as literary genre and anthropological research method
Author Hemer, Oscar
Date 2018
English abstract
To what extent do the academic and literary practices truly converge? Is it even desirable that they fuse into new genres? These are questions that I have struggled with the last decade in my double capacity as literary writer and academic researcher. I am currently exploring a cross-genre that I at first, for lack of a better term, called ethnographic fiction (Hemer 2015; 2017). I have however lately decided to opt for the term contamination, based on the tradition outlined by Appiah (2006), going from Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer, whose fusions of comedy and tragedy were called contaminations, to Salman Rushdie, the supposedly foremost contemporary successor. Appiah does however not present a more specific definition of this tradition of contamination; in fact, Terence and Rushdie are the only names mentioned. I take it as an open and intriguing suggestion for a trans-genre in the borderland of art and academia, in which I inscribe my own work. Contamination as a genre is a congenial form for exploration of contamination as a subject - the purity/impurity discourse (Douglas 1966); creolization (Glissant 1990; 1997; Hannerz 1986; 1996; Gutiérrez Rodríguez 2015; Erasmus 2017) - with South Africa as my principal case (Hemer 2012). A "migratory aesthetics" fits well to frame the work in progress I present to this panel.
Swedish abstract
I vilken utsträckning kan akademiska och litterära metoder konvergera? Är det öht önskvärt att de sammansmälter till nya genrer? Det är frågor som jag brottats med under det senaste decenniet i min dubbla egenskap av skönlitterär författare och akademisk forskare. Mitt konferensbidrag till panelen "Migratory aesthetics" är ett utsnitt ur ett pågående verk i genren "kontamination", som Kwame Anthony Appiah (2006) spårar till den romerske dramatikern Publius Terentius Afer och som har Salman Rushdie som en av sina främsta samtida uttolkare.
Conference
EASA 2018 : Staying, Moving, Settling (14 - 17 August 2018 : Stockholm, Sweden)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Purity
Impurity
Apartheid
Creolization
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologi... (see Details for more)
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30828 Permalink to this page
Link https://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2018/... (external link to related web page)
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