Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why / Edition 1

Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why / Edition 1

by Ellen Dissanayake
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University of Washington Press
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Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why / Edition 1

“Dissanayake argues that art was central to human evolutionary adaptation and that the aesthetic faculty is a basic psychological component of every human being. In her view, art is intimately linked to the origins of religious practices and to ceremonies of birth, death, transition, and transcendence. Drawing on her years in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea, she gives examples of painting, song, dance, and drama as behaviors that enable participants to grasp and reinforce what is important to their cognitive world.”—Publishers Weekly“Homo Aestheticus offers a wealth of original and critical thinking. It will inform and irritate specialist, student, and lay reader alike.”—American AnthropologistA thoughtful, elegant, and provocative analysis of aesthetic behavior in the development of our species—one that acknowledges its roots in the work of prior thinkers while opening new vistas for those yet to come. If you’re reading just one book on art anthropology this year, make it hers.”—Anthropology and Humanism

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ISBN-13: 9780295974798
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Edition description: 1st University of Washington Press ed
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1995 EditionPreface to the Original EditionAcknowledgments1. Introduction: Why Species-Centrism? 2. Biology and Art: The Implications of Feeling Good3. The Core of Art: Making Special4. Dromena, or "Things Done": Reconciling Culture and Nature5. The Arts as Means of Enhancement6. "Empathy Theory" Reconsidered: The Psychobiology of Aesthetic Responses7. Does Writing Erase Art? NotesReferencesIndex of NamesIndex of SubjectsCredits

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