By Bronislaw Malinowski

While it was once 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 typhoon 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 large figures within the heritage of anthropology. in all probability by no means meant to be released, Malinowski's diary used to be intensely own and brutally sincere. He saved it, he stated, "as a method of self-analysis." stories ranged from "it is to the discredit of all involved that the diary has now been devoted to print" to "fascinating reading." two decades have handed, and Raymond Firth means that the booklet 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 restricted 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 known as it "a an important rfile for the heritage of anthropology."

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At night I played cards with Lamb, the captain, and Mrs. McGrath. + Got chummy with Taplin and danced with Mrs. McGrath. This state of things persisted. There was a lovely green sea, but I could not see the full sweep of the [Great Barrier] • G. C. Seligman, the British anthropologist, Malinowski's mentor and author of The Melanesians of British New Guinea (1910). t W. H. R. Rivers, English anthropologist and physiologist, founder of the Cambridge school of experimental psychology. He administered psychological tests to the Melanesians, and developed a method of recording kinship data which became the most important method for collection of data in field work.

Pt. Moresby struck me as just the kind of place that you hear a lot about and expect a good deal of, but that turns out utterly different. From Mrs. Ashton's veranda, a view straight down a steep slope to the shore, which was covered with pebbles and meager, dried grass and was littered with refuse. The sea has cut out a deep circular bay with a narrow entrance. It lay there calm and blue, reflecting a sky that was at last clear. On the opposite side lay chains of hills, not too high, varied in shape, scorched by the sun.

I am still in love with her. I also keep remembering the later times after I came back from Cracow. I rarely think about the war; the lack of detail in the reports makes it easy to take the whole thing lightly. From time to time I take up the art of dancing, trying to instill the tango into Miss Ashton's mind and heart. Beautiful moonlit nights on the veranda at Mr. and Mrs. McGrath's-I am filled with dislike for these ordinary people who are incapable of finding a glimmer of poetry in certain things which fill me with exaltation.

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