This special issue on anthropology and literature invited proposals for
original contributions focusing on relationships between anthropology
and literature. We were especially interested in the following questions:
what role does literature play in anthropology? Can literature be considered
as ethnography? What are the relationships between anthropology
and literature, past and present? Are anthropology and
anthropological motives used in literature? We also looked for critical
readings of writers as anthropologists and critical readings of anthropologists
as writers. Moreover, we wanted to assess the influence of
literature on the invention of traditions, rituals and cultural performances.
All these different questions and topics are clearly connected
with the study of literacy, illiteracy and popular culture. They also lead
to questions regarding potential textual strategies for ethnography and
the possibilities of bringing together the field of anthropology (more
associated with the social sciences) and literary studies (traditionally
part of the humanities).