Accidental Ethnografiction: Reflections on the Value of Creative Writing in Anthropology

Ellen Wiles

Department of English, University of Exeter

Abstract

In this article I reflect on my experience of researching and writing The Invisible Crowd: a novel that was recognised as a work of ethnografiction by anthropologists on the basis of its depth of engagement with the British asylum system and dominant cultural narratives of immigration. I go on to make a case for interdisciplinarity, for the use of creative writing techniques in anthropology, and for genre fluidity within academic writing and beyond.

Keywords

Creative Writing; Ethnografiction; Interdisciplinarity; Storytelling; Narrative; Victor Turner; Anthropology

Author contact: e.wiles [at] exeter.ac.uk

Citation: Wiles, E., 2019. “Accidental Ethnografiction: Reflections on the Value of Creative Writing in Anthropology”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 254-261.