Xenolektographie. Lektüren an der Grenze ethnologischen Lesens und Schreibens. Hubert Fichte und die Ethnologen
(Debrecener Studien zur Literatur 11)
Frankfurt/M.: Lang Verlag 2005
225 pp., Euro 42.50; ISBN 3-631-54280-1

Xenolectography. Readings at the border of anthropological reading and writing. Huber Fichte and the anthropologists
Katschthaler discusses the relation between Hubert Fichte´s ethnographic writings in relation to the work of Lévi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz. Beyond that he deals with questions of writing and reading about the other (alter), and in the first place he discusses the reading aspect: readings of the others, and one´s own. In reading, self and other emerge as relational notions ­ a difference which is not given but is generated in a manifold# process of differentiation. Even though this process is never abgeschlossen# self and other may appear as firm, fixed entities#, they seem to be givens ­ if the self forgets its own processual relationalität# vis-à-vis the other. Concerning readings this means: when the process of reading solidifies to become a ’lesson´ Aim of the book is to make such lessons fluid radings again. In this way Katschthaler analyzes Lèvi-Strauss´s Tristes tropiques and La pensée sauvage critically; the reading of cultures and the ethnographer as an interpreter (translator) of cultures; he reads Fichte ’affirmatively´ and critically (especially his texts Xango, and Petersilie); and in the end he poses general questions regarding the position and possibilities of anthropology.

Keywords: Fichte, H., Lévi-Strauss, C., Geertz, C., readings and writing, writing and readings, anthropology and literature, writing culture