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HALFIES, HALF-WRITTEN LETTERS, AND ONE-EYED GODS: CONNECTING THE DOTS OF COMMUNICATIVE CULTURES

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dc.contributor.author Stephens, Gregory
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-20T05:09:51Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-20T05:09:51Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Walker, Gregory. (2021) Halfies, half-written letters, and one-eyed gods: Connecting the dots of communicative cultures Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, 8(3). http://journaldialogue.org/issues/v8-issue-3/halfies-half-written-letters-and-one-eyed-gods-connecting-the-dots-of-communicative-cultures/ en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2378-2331
dc.identifier.issn 2378-2323
dc.identifier.uri http://journaldialogue.org/issues/v8-issue-3/halfies-half-written-letters-and-one-eyed-gods-connecting-the-dots-of-communicative-cultures/
dc.identifier.uri http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/6271
dc.description.abstract This essay distills the theory of communicative cultures as a tool for cultural analysis. Nadine Gordimer’s line about the difficulties of returning to “half-written letters” is used to frame anthropology’s critique of “bounded culture” or “container cultures,” predominat in Cultural Studies. Anthropologists Lila Abu-Lughod and Kirin Narayan have described “halfies” as in-between peoples who can help us understand fluid, processual cultures as normative. Building on this stance, and the work of rhetorical genre scholars, Stephens defines communicative cultures as “a set of shared commitments expressed through cultural means.” This approach to cultural analysis, in which literature is viewed as an “ethnographic resource,” is illustrated through an analysis of Jamaican writer Olive Senior’s story “Country of the One Eye God.” The repeating patterns in Jamaican culture which this approach reveals, it is suggested, point to the wider utility of communicative cultures as an analytical concept. Keywords: Communicative; cultural analysis; ethnography; repeating patterns; generations; structure of feeling; literature as ethnographic resource en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy;Volume 8, Issue 3 — Traversing Borders, Transgressing Boundaries in Popular Culture and Pedagogy
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Type of access: Open Access en_US
dc.title HALFIES, HALF-WRITTEN LETTERS, AND ONE-EYED GODS: CONNECTING THE DOTS OF COMMUNICATIVE CULTURES en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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