Transcript of Shakespeare en la selva. Shakespeare en la selva. Laura Bohannan Antropóloga doctorada en la Universidad de Oxford en Full transcript. Laura Bohannan ( – ), cuyo nombre de soltera era Laura Marie Altman Smith fue una Es muy conocido su artículo publicado en en la revista Natural History titulado Shakespeare in the bush (Shakespeare en la selva en las. Shakespeare en la selva Books by Laura Bohannan.

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An Anthropological Novel by Laura Bohannan. A vivid and dramatic account of the lauda of an American anthropologist who lived with a primitive bush tribe in Africa. Paperbackpages. Published February 20th by Anchor first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Return to Laughterplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Here is a novel utterly neglected by so-called literary specialists, one that belongs on those ” Best Novels of the Century” lists. Nov 05, Rita rated it really liked it Shelves: Written by anthropologist Laura Bohannon inbased on living with the Tiv group of Nigeria in Absolutely fascinating account of her struggles to learn and understand local culture and beliefs, and the conflicts with her own beliefs and morals.

What about witchcraft, ostracizing someone accused of witchcraft, herself being ostracized for continuing to visit this person.

She must have been one of the first to do what today is considered par for the course, namely, participant observation. Jan 16, Adam rated it did not like it Shelves: Could not wait to get it over with. I fully understand Bohannon’s decision to write this as a novel. The sleva is absolutely horrible. The final chapter is quite nicely-done, though, and is the only one in which Bohannon’s insights and philosophizing seem valuable.

Regardless, I understand why this is of value to anthropology students, though I eelva one of the most insufferable reading experiences of my life. Regardless, I understand why this is of value to anthropology students, though I find it hard to believe there aren’t more entertaining ways to learn about fieldwork. Jun 16, Valerie added it. I boannan much care for the attempt to rationalize away cruelty, but I liked the bits in which the women made a spirited defense of polygyny.

People tend to assume that women won’t approve of polygyny, but the Tiv women argue the advantages to the women, which are often ignored. Jan 04, Jess rated it really liked it. I’ve read this book three times in classes, but I still love it. As a bigger fan of literature than non-fiction, this book was perfect for me, because it is a true story told very fancifully.


Though there is some question of how much this approach affects the anthropological value of the text, I think it is a brilliant way to introduce students to the world of anthropology. Apr 15, Nancy rated it it was amazing. This is a book that I read in which inspired me to join the Peace Corps as a young woman.

For Christmas my husband searched out of print books and found a copy for me. I read it again and still loved it. Shakrspeare 11, Jess Moss rated it really liked it. This was an excellent book. Though it is fiction, it is based on Bohannon’s actual experiences doing anthropological fieldwork.

Through reading this, I really feel like I have some sense of what it was like for her living with the Tiv. Feb 22, Lucy rated it liked it Shelves: I love the concept of magic and witchcraft in medicine.

It helps to keep a perspective on our own ideas of infallible medicine and killer “germs. Dec 29, Melanie Page rated it it was amazing. Perhaps the focus on a West African tribe? I’ve struggled to share with you what the book is supposed to be about. I decided to do some research. Laura Bohannan was an American anthropologist who went to grad school in England.

Shakespeare en la selva

She spent much of — in Nigeria with the Tiv tribe. Once people realized Bowden and Bohannan were the same, reprints had her real name selvaa the cover. Return to Laughter appears to be a work of ethnography: An ethnography is a means to represent graphically and in writing the culture of a group. What should my mindset be?

All the characters in this book, except myself, are fictitious in the fullest meaning of the word. I am an anthropologist. The tribe I have described here does exist.

This book is the story of the way I did field work among them. Bohannan never names the bohannna or country in Return to Laughter, which some believe is an attempt to protect the Tiv tribe. Told in first-person, Bohannan acknowledges that an anthropologist, simply by being there, changes her own data. There are many real witches among the Tiv, all senior men in the tribe.

Nothing is ever chance — witches cause death and illness, which means the person deemed the malicious witch must suffer consequences. Bohannan cannot convince them otherwise. What will she report back to other Westerners? And the ending of Return to Laughter, which was quite intense and hard to put down I was up until 1: This is her privilege, a concept she recognizes and analyzes in the s yes, checking your privilege existed before While ethnography is more accessible, there shakespere questions about its ethics.

A gripping, highly recommended story. This book was originally reviewed at Grab the Lapels. Jun 12, Steven J.

I found this anthropological memoir while researching for my latest writing project on Shaiespeare Culture and seva mesmerized by both Bohannan’s adventure and her journey of discovery. The reader is drawn into what it might have been like to be an Oxford trained anthropologist living with a primitive African tribe while learning as much about oneself and one’s own culture as the one under study.


I read this for a college class in or so. It remains with me to this day and shapes how I read newer anthropology memoirs or novels. Sep 07, Ginger rated it it was amazing. Not a fabulous work of fiction, but an incredible look at living in an African village tribe from the standpoint of the cultural anthropologist.

Jun 03, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing. For the past semester that I’ve slowly re-read this book, I’ve felt as though we’ve become friends, gohannan I didn’t want this book’s adventures to end because then I wouldn’t see my friend anymore. From the back cover of the edition by Margaret Mead: A vivid and dramatic account of the profound change experienced by an American anthropologist in her first year as an intimate of a primitive bush tribe in Africa, it provides deep insights into the indigenous culture of West Africa, the subtle web of seelva life, the power of bohxnnan institution of witchcraft.

Primarily, however, it is a classic story of the outsider caught up and deeply, personally involved in an alien culture – “the first introspective account ever published laua what it’s like to be a field worker among a primitive people. It is the philosophy shqkespeare the theater’s purpose from ritual is to relieve its people of the humdrum and return them to life.

This book does this in droves and I can only hope that the theater I produce and participate in will have the effect on the audiences that need it. Some of the “deep insights” that Margaret Mead mentions in this book are: Whatever Kako does, hate will remain in someone’s heart. People speak the words of peace, but their hearts do not forgive.

Generations perform ceremonies of reconciliation, but there is no end. Witchcraft was their greatest terror, but witches were only people. Everywhere one must fight to survive. There is measure of insecurity in all societies.

We may consider it easier to accept defeat at the hands of fate; fate is unconquerable. But where disaster is held to come from the hands of one’s fellows, there defeat is not inevitable, there one need not cease to hope. Only my overwrought imagination had shown me the reign of witches as a reign of terror. There is not stronger emotion than terror, but there is one thing greater than terror: There was nothing left in our minds, our hearts or nerves or bodies to show that we lived, but we walked.

I had followed Agundu. My soul’s protest was so deep that I nearly cried aloud:

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