Modernist Dissent: The Auto-Ethnography of Anais Nin and Henry Miller

By Richard O. Clemmer.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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I propose to treat Anais Nin and Henry Miller as key informants, using their self-generated biographical materials to explore the tension between the cultures of the First and Second Modernities.

Keywords: Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Modernity, Cutlural Phenomenon, Dissent, Auto-Ethnography, Novels and Letters, Artistic and Social Practice, Shaping a New Social Reality

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.77-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.837MB).

Prof. Richard O. Clemmer

Earlier work focused on Native North American groups, particularly Hopi and Shoshone. Recent publications include “’The Legal effect of the Judgment…….’: Indian Land Claims, Ecological Anthropology, Social Impact Assessment, and the Public Domain.” Human Organization 63(3):334-45 (2004); “Motifs with Messages:Ceramic Objects as forms of Communication. Semiotica 147:219-140 (2003); and “Resistance and the Revitalization of Anthropologists: A New Perspective on Cultural Change and Resistance.” PP. 213-247 in Dell H. Hymes, ed. Reinventing Anthropology. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (1999). Theoretical foci are on environmental anthropology; tradition and modernity; objects, signs and communication; collective and cultural human rights; dissent, rebellion and revitalization. Recent work engages indigenous self-determination; regionalization; and the relationship of praxis to representation in the creation of new structures of material conditions. New directions include experimenting with treating published biographical material as self-ethnography, particularly texts generated by Euro-centric modernists and anti-modernists.


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