Chapter 7: 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
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 [Page 200](Geertz, 1988, 1995), memoirs (Gottlieb & Graham, 1993), reflexive fiction (Ashmore, 1989, p. ...