By Bronislaw Malinowski
While it was once first released (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, overlaying 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 booklet of the diary―which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, selfish, obsessional document"―was a profound disservice to the reminiscence of 1 of the enormous figures within the heritage of anthropology. most likely by no means meant to be released, Malinowski's diary was once intensely own and brutally sincere. He stored it, he acknowledged, "as a way of self-analysis." studies ranged from "it is to the discredit of all involved that the diary has now been dedicated to print" to "fascinating reading." two decades have handed, and Raymond Firth means that the publication has moved over to a extra significant 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 stated the diary as a "backstage masterpiece of anthropology, our The Double Helix." equally in 1987, James Clifford referred to as it "a an important rfile for the heritage of anthropology."
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Night; rain; after supper I went to the ferry. Still, calm night, the ferry boat suddenly lit up when the moon came out from behind the clouds. I walked to the foot of the hill and lost my way; it began to rain and Mayo came to meet me with an umbrella. Talk about the possible resignation of Seymour, plans for the summer, chance of spending our vacations together, etc. They are immensely charming people. I went back to the tram. Conductor reminded me of Litwiniszyn. Many drunks. All in all I didn't feel well in Brisbane.
I talked with him first in his house. We climbed the hill and then talked with prisoners. • . I slept well. In the morning I boarded the ship. The engineer advised me to be stubborn about landing on Mailu. -we were just coming into Mogubo [Point] when I threw up. Hon. De Moleyns came aboard and told me that the missionary had not yet arrived in Mailu. Mailu and the trip from Mogubo were wonderful. I disembarked somewhat annoyed, but happy to be in such a marvelous place. Five minutes after I landed and said hello to the policeman, and after I got my 25 things ashore, the missionary's boat appeared on the horizon.
Too strange and exotic. The exoticism breaks through lightly, through the veil of familiar things. Mood drawn from everydayness. An exoticism strong enough to spoil normal apperception, but too weak to create a new category of mood. Went into the bush. For a moment I was frightened. Had to compose myself. Tried to look into my own heart. " No reason to be satisfied with myself. The work I am doing is a kind of opiate rather than a creative expression. I am not trying to link it to deeper sources.
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term by Bronislaw Malinowski