Balio Sruogos Dievų miškas kaip (savita) antropologinė studija
Vigmantas Butkus
Artūras Šeškus
Publikuota 2010-01-01

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Butkus V. ir Šeškus A. (2010) „Balio Sruogos Dievų miškas kaip (savita) antropologinė studija“, Literatūra, 52(1), p. 68-80. doi: 10.15388/Litera.2010.1.7717.


The beginning of the article shortly overlooks the diversity of literary and anthropological rela­tions. Afterwards, focus is made on some gene­ral methodological principles of socio-cultural anthropology revealed in Clifford Geertz’s, Ja­mes Clifford’s, Harvey Russell Bernard’s, Vytis Čiubrinskas’s and other anthropologists’ works that are applicable for analysis of “The Forest of Gods” by Balys Sruoga.

Furthermore, the article analyses “The Forest of Gods” by Balys Sruoga as a non-ordinary, specificanthropological study. Sruoga is introduced as a dis­tinctive anthropologically-oriented observer who is “involved” in a forced procedure of participant ob­servation. “The Forest of Gods” is compared to eth­nographic texts written in a thick description manner. In conclusion the author of “The Forest of Gods” is both “a native” (a prisoner of the concentration camp experiencing all the hardships) and “an anthropo­logist” (who acts as an outside observer, a curious collector of information). He reflects the so-called anthropological emic viewpoint (seeing the world as an informant) as well as the etic viewpoint (having the anthropologist’s point of view). “The Forest of Gods” is an example demonstrating that, according to Paul Rabinow, the science of anthropology and fiction are to be considered not contradictory but complementary means of analysis.


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