Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Social Science - 297 pages
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Now in its second edition,Sound and Sentiment is an ethnographic study of sound as a cultural system--that is, a system of symbols--among the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea. It shows how an analysis of modes and codes of sound communication leads to an understanding of life in Kaluli society. By studying the form and performance of weeping, poetics, and song in relation to the Kaluli natural and spiritual world, Steven Feld reveals Kaluli sound expressions as embodiments of deeply felt sentiments. "A milestone in ethnomusicology that has implications for research on all types of music."--Popular Music "This original, insightful, informative, and intellectually exciting book deserves a wide audience."--Anthropological Linguistics "A landmark in first presenting in detail the idea of an ethnography of sound."--American Ethnologist "This work is a unique, moving, valuable synthesis. . . . Readable, original, complete."--Choice For this second edition the author has updated his original work with a new, innovative chapter that includes an interpretive review by its subjects, the Kaluli people themselves. He has also written a new preface and discography and revised the references section.
  

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Feld succeeds in discussing the titular aspects of Kaluli culture from an anthropologists perspective, but does not frame in it such a way that those subjects will interest many besides academics ... Read full review

Contents

The Boy Who Became a Muni Bird
20
To You They Are Birds to Me They
44
Weeping That Moves Women to Song
86
The Poetics of Loss and Abandonment
130
Song That Moves Men to Tears
163
Kaluli Aesthetics
217
Postscript 1989
239
Kaluli Folk Ornithology
269
References
284
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About the author (1990)

Steven Feld, a MacArthur Fellowship recpient, is Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. He is coauthor, with Charles Keil, of Music Grooves: Essays and Dialogues and, with Bambi B. Schieffelin, of Bosavi-English-Tok Pisin Dictionary. With Keith H. Basso he coedited Senses of Place.

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