Resources on writing . . . general and ethnographic



A.  There are shelves of books on writing in our library.  Some that I know and would suggest and some that (by the title) look promising are listed below.  I’d suggest going into the stacks or on-line catalogue for others that might also appeal to you.

• The elements of style / by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White ; illustrated by Maira Kalman
• Writing without teachers / Peter Elbow
• Writing with power: techniques for mastering the writing process / Peter Elbow
• Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: a guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis / Joan Bolker
• A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations / Kate L. Turabian
• The clockwork muse: a practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books / Eviatar Zerubavel
• Tricks of the trade: how to think about your research while you're doing it / Howard S. Becker

B.  You might also want to look at this preliminary list of anthropology-oriented books that discuss issues of writing up field notes and writing anthropologically in general.
• Behar, Ruth & Deborah Gordon, eds.  Women Writing Culture.  (1995)  [a reply to Writing Culture]
• Chiseri-Strater, Elizabeth and Bonnie Stone Sunstein.  FieldWorking : Reading and Writing Research  [a textbook on fieldwork and writing based on field data, with helpful examples]
• Clifford, James and George E. Marcus, eds.  Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. (1986)  [an important volume that drew attention to ethnography as literature]
•  Ellis, Carolyn.  The ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography.  [one of several books on autoethnography, part of the reflexive shift in the discipline]
• Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw.  Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes.  [a thoughtful book about the process of going from fieldwork to writing]
• Marcus, George E. and Michael M.J.Fischer.  Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences.  (1986)  [an examination of anthropological writing since the 1960s: check out chapter 3 “Conveying Other Cultural Experience: The Person, Self, and Emotions”]
• Marcus, George E.  Ethnography though Thick and Thin. (1998) [insights on recent changes in the practice of ethnography]
• Reed-Danahay, Deborah E., ed.  Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.
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