By Bronislaw Malinowski
While it used to be first released (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, protecting the interval of his fieldwork in 1914-1915 and 1917-1918 in New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands, trigger a typhoon of controversy. Many anthropologists felt that the ebook of the diary―which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, selfish, obsessional document"―was a profound disservice to the reminiscence of 1 of the large figures within the background of anthropology. possibly by no means meant to be released, Malinowski's diary used to be intensely own and brutally sincere. He stored it, he acknowledged, "as a method of self-analysis." experiences ranged from "it is to the discredit of all involved that the diary has now been dedicated to print" to "fascinating reading." 20 years have handed, and Raymond Firth means that the e-book has moved over to a extra principal position within the literature of anthropological mirrored image. In 1967, Clifford Geertz felt that the "gross, tiresome" diary published Malinowski as "a crabbed, self-preoccupied, hypochondriacal narcissist, whose fellow-feeling for the folk he lived with used to be constrained within the extreme." yet in 1988, Geertz noted the diary as a "backstage masterpiece of anthropology, our The Double Helix." equally in 1987, James Clifford known as it "a an important rfile for the background of anthropology."
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I rode down past fenced-in native gardens and along a little valley, turning into a transverse valley, with grass higher than my head on horseback. We met Ahuia, saw women with netlike bags; a few naked savages with spears. La Oala, chief of W ahanamona iduhu. Fires had been kindled in a few places. Marvelous spectacle. Red, sometimes purple flames crawled up the hillside in narrow ribbons; through the dark blue or sapphire smoke the hillside changes color like a black opal under the glint of its polished surface.
But to regard them in effect as two sides of Malinowski's contemporary complex personality is straining at the argument. Moreover, Clifford has become fascinated by the notion of fiction and tends to treat any text with an element of personal subjectivity in it, as fictional. It is not clear what he understands as 'fiction'. But for him the Diary is a fiction of the self for Malinowski, and Introduction XXXl the Argonauts the fiction of a culture - though "realistic cultural fictions", whatever they may mean.
Such passages seldom involve more than a word or a short phrase. In other cases, where words or spellings could not be entirely made out, brackets have been used to indicate conjectured readings. Brackets have also been used for ordinary editorial additions for the sake of clarity-as on the first page of text: [Fritz]. Grabner [German anthropologist]; or where abbreviations might not be readily understood-as in H[is] E[xcellency]. Parentheses in all cases are the author's. Editorial omissions are indicated in the usual way by ellipses.
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term by Bronislaw Malinowski