Meet poet and anthropologist Renato Rosaldo
May 14, 2014
Guest: Renato Rosaldo
Anthropologist and poet RENATO ROSALDO bridges his worlds with a word he coined, â€śanthropoeta,â€ť which describes the switching back and forth in the two idioms. He claims a stroke inspired his poetry, and his first collection of award-winning poems was a clear departure from his previous anthropological work, â€śIlongot Headhunting, 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History” and “Culture and Truth.â€ť Rosaldo is the author of several poetry collections including “Diego Luna’s Insider Tips,” and he comes in to discuss his latest book of poetry, â€śThe Day of Shellyâ€™s Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief.â€ť Shelly was his wife and fellow anthropologist who fell to her death off a cliff in the Philippines in 1981, as they were about to conduct field work. Rosaldo takes us back to the cliff, their children, and imagines the perspectives of the strangers who cared for them during their tragedy. Renato Rosaldo teaches anthropology at New York University.