An Anthropologist at Work: Ruth Benedict's Poetry

Schweighauser, Philipp. (2006) An Anthropologist at Work: Ruth Benedict's Poetry. In: American poetry : Whitman to the present. Tübingen, pp. 113-125.

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Ruth Benedict, an influential twentieth-century anthropologist best known for her Patterns of Culture (1934), has written a considerable range of poems, a good number of which have been published in distinguished poetry journals such as Monroe's Poetry. Considering her double interest in poetry and anthropology and her use of modernist poetic techniques, this writer's works are privileged sites for an interrogation of the complex relations between cultural alterity (ethnic otherness) and poetic alterity (poeticity, literariness). Benedict emerges as a modernist poet of a different sort. Her rhymes and religious subject matter testify to her rootedness in nineteenth-century aesthetics, but her complex interweaving of cultural and poetic forms of alterity place her at the heart of a modernist enterprise, whose frantic search for new forms of artistic expression has from its beginnings been bound up with a sustained interest in the language and practices of cultural others.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Amerikanistik (Schweighauser)
UniBasel Contributors:Schweighauser, Philipp
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Book Chapter
Publisher:Gunter Narr
ISBN:978-3-8233-6271-5 ; 3-8233-6271-2
Series Name:Spell
Issue Number:18
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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