Author Affiliation, Ana.
Literatures in English; Faculty of Arts and Education
Ethnography and fiction: The work of John Stewart
Date of Publication
Examines the work of the Trinidadian novelist and short-story writer John O. Stewart, particularly his book Drinkers, drummers and decent folk: Ethnographic narratives of village Trinidad, which Baugh describes as an experiment in blurring the boundary between ethnography and fiction. The experiment is affected mainly by using prose fiction as an ethnographic mode. While acknowledging that the book is primarily an experiment in ethnology rather than fiction, as a literary critic Baugh's mission is two-fold; 'to reflect on the experiment and to consider its implications, which may include ones relevant to fiction 'and' to ensure that the audience for West Indian literature does not miss out on an estimable contribution to it'....