Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fundamental Assumptions

"Generic differences are not simply formal differences. They are cultural constructs and reflect those most fundamental assumptions about the nature of reality, including the nature of the person and the nature of language."

--Vincent Crapanzano, Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan (Chicago, 1980). I wish I'd remembered this statement when I was trying to explain "creative nonfiction" in my tenure statement.