The Cinematic Griot: The Ethnography of Jean Rouch Paul Stoller

ISBN: 9780226775463

Published: June 15th 1992

Hardcover

266 pages


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The Cinematic Griot: The Ethnography of Jean Rouch  by  Paul Stoller

The Cinematic Griot: The Ethnography of Jean Rouch by Paul Stoller
June 15th 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 266 pages | ISBN: 9780226775463 | 5.22 Mb

The most prolific ethnographic filmmaker in the world, a pioneer of cinéma vérité and one of the earliest ethnographers of African societies, Jean Rouch (1917-) remains a controversial and often misunderstood figure in histories of anthropology andMoreThe most prolific ethnographic filmmaker in the world, a pioneer of cinéma vérité and one of the earliest ethnographers of African societies, Jean Rouch (1917-) remains a controversial and often misunderstood figure in histories of anthropology and film.

By examining Rouchs neglected ethnographic writings, Paul Stoller seeks to clarify the filmmakers true place in anthropology.A brief account of Rouchs background, revealing the ethnographic foundations and intellectual assumptions underlying his fieldwork among the Songhay of Niger in the 1940s and 1950s, sets the stage for his emergence as a cinematic griot, a peripatetic bard who recites the story of a people through provocative imagery. Against this backdrop, Stoller considers Rouchs writings on Songhay history, myth, magic and possession, migration, and social change.

By analyzing in depth some of Rouchs most important films and assessing Rouchs ethnography in terms of his own expertise in Songhay culture, Stoller demonstrates the inner connection between these two modes of representation.Stoller, who has done more fieldwork among the Songhay than anyone other than Rouch himself, here gives the first full account of Rouch the griot, whose own story scintillates with important implications for anthropology, ethnography, African studies, and film.



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