Calliope's Sisters

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Richard L. Anderson  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
384
Pub.-date
January 2004
ISBN13
9780130936097
ISBN
013093609X
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Description

For Anthropology of Art courses and courses in Aesthetics.

This book looks at the visual and performing arts of the world's societies, describing the varied ways in which people in other cultures think about their arts and examining the theoretical basis of art's role in human affairs. Anderson focuses on ten diverse societies, noting the similarities and differences found in these and other traditional aesthetic systems.

Features

  • NEW - More illustrations.
    • Provides students with more visual information to deepen their understanding of the art traditions discussed.

  • NEW - Chapter-end Epilogues added to aesthetics chapters-Addressing changes in traditional art, from the development of tourist art markets to the emergence of fine art styles.
    • Familiarizes students with ways in which traditional arts and ideas about the arts have changed in recent decades.

  • NEW - Global aesthetics discussion extended.
    • Familiarizes students with the ways in which hybrid art forms are now emerging around the world as a result of the increased contact between peoples of the world.

  • Comparative approach-First book to examine non-Western philosophies of art in a comprehensive way.
    • Provides students with a variety of plausible and illuminating ways of looking at art that are foreign to Western assumptions.

  • Empirical theories presented-Based on many fieldwork-based studies that tell us what people elsewhere actually say about their own art forms.
    • Provides students with primary data drawn from the logic and assumptions of the people who produce the art.

  • Non-technical presentation.
    • Provides students with valuable information presented in straightforward, jargon-free language.

  • In-depth account of aesthetics in many cultures.
    • Provides students with ideas regarding art's fundamental nature and the role of art in human affairs.

  • Cross cultural perspective.
    • Familiarizes students with a diverse group of cross cultural differences and similarities.

  • Theoretical issues illustrated by use of photographs of art works.
    • Enables students to see the art works under examination.

New to this Edition

  • More illustrations.
    • Provides students with more visual information to deepen their understanding of the art traditions discussed.

  • Chapter-end Epilogues added to aesthetics chapters-Addressing changes in traditional art, from the development of tourist art markets to the emergence of fine art styles.
    • Familiarizes students with ways in which traditional arts and ideas about the arts have changed in recent decades.

  • Global aesthetics discussion extended.
    • Familiarizes students with the ways in which hybrid art forms are now emerging around the world as a result of the increased contact between peoples of the world.

Table of Contents



 1. San Aesthetics: The Enhancement of Life in a Foraging Society.


 2. Inuit Aesthetics: Art as Transformer of Realities.


 3. Aboriginal Australian Aesthetics: Sacramental Union with the Eternal Dreamtime.


 4. Aesthetics of the Sepik: Powerful Spirits and Phallic Aggression in New Guinea.


 5. Navajo Aesthetics: A Unity of Art and Life.


 6. Yoruba Aesthetics: Goodness and Beauty in West Africa.


 7. Aztec Aesthetics: Flower and Song.


 8. Aesthetics in Early India: “Rasa” and the Theory of Transcendental Enjoyment.


 9. Japanese Aesthetics: An Exultation of Beauty and Bliss.


10. Western Aesthetics: A Quartet of Traditions.


11. Introduction to Part Two.


12. Comparative Aesthetics: The Many Faces of the Muse.


13. Art as Culturally Significant Meaning.


14. Style, Feeling, and Skill.


15. Epilogue: Western Aesthetics in Cross-Cultural Perspective.