LAURA BOHANNAN SHAKESPEARE BUSH PDF

I have used it as a general Introduction to Anthropology. Traditionally many students read Hamlet for senior year high school, so the basic text is often fresh. Readings of Shakespeare in the Bush Bohannan tells this tale to illustrate deep cultural difference. The differences are much deeper than she anticipated as an anthropologist beginning fieldwork.

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They married May 15, In Bohannan received her doctorate from Oxford University. Tiv[ edit ] Off and on from to Bohannan and her husband lived among the Tiv tribe of southeastern Nigeria. They would be the subject of her major works. Bohannan, while living in a small village in Nigeria , attempts to tell the story of Hamlet to a group of villagers. Thus, the essay is often used by students of anthropology , linguistics , and literary theory as a means of understanding how perspective affects perception and expectation.

Bohannan used a pseudonym for this book, presumably because she felt its popular tone and autobiographical format were inappropriate for her professional reputation. However, many reviews of Return to Laughter, noted it as her work, [5] and later editions were published without the pseudonym. Other works written about the Tiv include Tiv Economy, for which Bohannan and her husband received the Herskovitz Prize in Assessment and later life[ edit ] Bohannan is also part of a small school of women whose studies in anthropology were initially rejected because of their holistic and sometimes personal approach and style.

She retired in On March 19, , she died in her home of a heart attack.

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Shakespeare in the Bush Introduces Anthropology

While she is there she hopes to prove that human nature is universal and the same everywhere and that the Tiv will understand and interpret the story of Hamlet in the same way that the people in her culture have. Before she goes she decides Hamlet is universally intelligible and that the story only has one world wide interpretation. While Bohannan is in Nigeria she is asked to tell the elders of the Tiv a story from her culture. This is when she realizes her opportunity to tell them about Hamlet and study their interpretation.

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Shakespeare in the Bush

He was, after all, a very English poet, and one can easily misinterpret the universal by misunderstanding the particular. To end an argument we could not conclude, my friend gave me a copy of Hamlet to study in the African bush: it would, he hoped, lift my mind above its primitive surroundings, and possibly I might, by prolonged meditation, achieve the grace of correct interpretation. It was my second field trip to that African tribe, and I thought myself ready to live in one of its remote sections—an area difficult to cross even on foot. I eventually settled on the hillock of a very knowledgeable old man, the head of a homestead of some hundred and forty people, all of whom were either his close relatives or their wives and children. Like the other elders of the vicinity, the old man spent most of his time performing ceremonies seldom seen these days in the more accessible parts of the tribe. I was delighted. Soon there would be three months of enforced isolation and leisure, between the harvest that takes place just before the rising of the swamps and the clearing of new farms when the water goes down.

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Laura Bohannan

They married May 15, In Bohannan received her doctorate from Oxford University. Tiv[ edit ] Off and on from to Bohannan and her husband lived among the Tiv tribe of southeastern Nigeria. They would be the subject of her major works. Bohannan, while living in a small village in Nigeria , attempts to tell the story of Hamlet to a group of villagers.

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