By Bronislaw Malinowski
While it used to be first released (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, masking the interval of his fieldwork in 1914-1915 and 1917-1918 in New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands, trigger a hurricane of controversy. Many anthropologists felt that the book of the diary―which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, selfish, obsessional document"―was a profound disservice to the reminiscence of 1 of the large figures within the heritage of anthropology. possibly by no means meant to be released, Malinowski's diary used to be intensely own and brutally sincere. He stored it, he stated, "as a method of self-analysis." reports ranged from "it is to the discredit of all involved that the diary has now been dedicated to print" to "fascinating reading." 20 years have handed, and Raymond Firth means that the e-book has moved over to a extra principal position within the literature of anthropological mirrored image. In 1967, Clifford Geertz felt that the "gross, tiresome" diary published Malinowski as "a crabbed, self-preoccupied, hypochondriacal narcissist, whose fellow-feeling for the folk he lived with used to be constrained within the extreme." yet in 1988, Geertz observed the diary as a "backstage masterpiece of anthropology, our The Double Helix." equally in 1987, James Clifford referred to as it "a the most important rfile for the background of anthropology."
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Bolakit-a sketch of a spiritually unusual * Papari was the headman of the Banagadubu subclan, a man who eould predict weather; Malinowski considered him a friend and gentleman. t Victor Cherbuliez (1829-1899), L'a'Dentuf'e de Ladillatu Bouki 29 woman; she reminded me of Zenia. Elated, humming a tune, I walked to the village. Fairly fruitful talk with Kavaka. Watched lovely poetic dances and listened to Suau [an island to the east] music. A small ring of dancers; two dancers facing each other with raised drums.
Vision of T. Occasionally I think of Sta8 with real friendliness; principally the melody he composed on the way to Ceylon. 29. ) Was up before 8 in the morning and wrote my diary. Was busy writing when S. brought my mail. Letters from N. ( 5) and a number of letters from Australia. Charming, friendly letters from the Mayos and [Le Sones] gave me real pleasure. Also an extremely nice letter from Mrs. Golding. Stas's letter deeply annoyed me. At the same time I reproached myself for not having behaved in a perfectly unimpeachable way and I felt deep resentment and hatred for his behavior toward me.
After * W. J. V. Saville, a missionary of the London Missionary Society then working in Mailu. His "A Grammar of the Mailu Language, Papua" had been published in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1912. 26 MAILU ISLAND AND ADJACENT COAST OF PAPUA Sale of Mites C 0 RA L S EA zs meeting Mrs. S[aville], who greeted me in a rather vague way, I said hello to S[aville] whom I saw through the rose-colored glasses of my a priori sentiments. He generously invited me to spend the night and take my meals with them, and this made him even more appealing to me.