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The Cinematic Griot : Ethnography of Jean Rouch - Paul Stoller

The Cinematic Griot

Ethnography of Jean Rouch

Paperback Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780226775487
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 and film. By examining Rouch's neglected ethnographic writings, Paul Stoller seeks to clarify the filmmaker's true place in anthropology.

A brief account of Rouch's 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 Rouch's writings on Songhay history, myth, magic and possession, migration, and social change. By analyzing in depth some of Rouch's most important films and assessing Rouch's 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.

In the Past, in the Present
Ethnographic Foundations Introduction: Son of Griaule
Rouch's Life in the Field
Worlds of the Ancestors
Migrations to New Worlds
People of Force, Spirits of Power
Cinema Rouch Introduction: Two Spiritual Fathers and a Critical Son
Les Magiciens de Wanzerbe
The Lion Hunters
Les Maicirc;tres Fous
Les Tambours d'Avant: Turu et Bitti
The Dogon Passion
When Films Become Dreams Introduction: Postpositions
Rouch, Theory, and Ethnographic Film Postface: The Work of the Griot
Bibliography of Jean Rouch
Filmography of Jean Rouch
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ISBN: 9780226775487
ISBN-10: 0226775488
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2