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Ethnographic Poetics and Narratives of the Self
Ethnographic poetics and narratives of the self

Bury stars in deep ground

With words like rushing water

Follow the yellow coil in the cat's eye

To an empty room

And listen

—Diamond (1985a, p. 264)


as ethnography?


as poetry?

—Diamond (1985b, p. 13)

Another version of the narrative turn includes ethnographic poetics1 (Marcus & Fischer, 1986, pp. 73–74) and narratives of the self,2 the self-referential literary productions of ethnographers (Benson, 1993)—performance texts turned inward waiting to be staged: poems (Brady, 1991a; Prattis, 1985a; Richardson, 1994b; Timmermans, 1994), dramas (Grindal & Shephard, 1993; Paget, 1993), fictional novels (Stewart, 1989), autoethngraphies (Ellis, 1996; Kohn, 1994; Pfohl, 1992; Shelton, 1994, 1995a, 1995b; Travisano, 1994; Wolfe, 1992),3 autobiographies (Geertz, 1988, 1995), memoirs (Gottlieb & Graham, 1993), reflexive fiction (Ashmore, 1989, p. ...

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