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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d suggest going into the stacks or on-line catalogue for others that might also appeal to you.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The elements of style / by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White ; illustrated by Maira Kalman
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Writing without teachers / Peter Elbow
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Writing with power: techniques for mastering the writing process / Peter Elbow
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: a guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis / Joan Bolker
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations / Kate L. Turabian
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The clockwork muse: a practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books / Eviatar Zerubavel
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Behar, Ruth & Deborah Gordon, eds. Women Writing Culture. (1995) [a reply to Writing Culture]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 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]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 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]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ellis, Carolyn. The ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography. [one of several books on autoethnography, part of the reflexive shift in the discipline]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. [a thoughtful book about the process of going from fieldwork to writing]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Conveying Other Cultural Experience: The Person, Self, and EmotionsÃ¢â‚¬Â]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Marcus, George E. Ethnography though Thick and Thin. (1998) [insights on recent changes in the practice of ethnography]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Reed-Danahay, Deborah E., ed. Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.
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