Vincent Crapanzano

Vincent Crapanzano is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received an A.B. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Columbia. He has done field research with the Navajo, with the spirit-possessed in Morocco, with whites in South Africa, with Fundamentalist Christians and legal conservatives in the United States, and now with the Harki in France. His books include: The Fifth World of Forster Bennett: A Portrait of a Navaho; The Hamadsha: An Essay in Moroccan Ethnopsychiatry; Tuhami: A Portrait of a Moroccan; Waiting: The Whites of South Africa;  Hermes' Dilemma and Hamlet's Desire: On the Epistemology of Interpretation; Serving the Word: From the Pulpit to the Bench and Imaginative Horizons: An Essay in Literary-Philosophical Anthropology. Among others, he has been a recipient of a Sherman Fairchild fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, a Poynter Fellowship at Yale, a resident fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He delivered the Jansen Lectures in Frankfurt am Main on the theme of the anthropology and poetics of the imagination. He is writing a book on the Harkis—those Algerians who sided with the French during the Algerian War of Independence.


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