July 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Rosen Publishes Article on Literary Ethnography in a Postsocialist City

Dr. Matthew Rosen, portraitand trees behind him

Dr. Matthew Rosen

Dr. Matt Rosen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, authored an article on “Reading Nearby: Literary Ethnography in a Postsocialist City” in the journal Anthropology and Humanism.

Summary: The solitary reader, sitting quietly surrounded by her thoughts, is a powerful image. But reading is also a deeply social practice. From learning to read to deciding what to read next, a significant amount of literate activity takes place within specific social relationships. Drawing from ethnographic research I conducted between 2015 and 2018, this essay shows how the act of co‐reading has contributed to the emergence of a new literary community based in Tirana, Albania. The broader intention of the essay is to demonstrate the application of the general approach to literary anthropology I call reading nearby.

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