This second edition of 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 analyzing 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.
Steven Feld is Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a jazz musician
About the Author
Steven Feld is a musician, filmmaker, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. His books include Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana, also published by Duke University Press. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||vi|
|Preface to the Second Edition||x|
|1.||The Boy Who Became a Muni Bird||20|
|2.||To You They Are Birds, to Me They Are Voices in the Forest||44|
|3.||Weeping That Moves Women to Song||86|
|4.||The Poetics of Loss and Abandonment||130|
|5.||Song That Moves Men to Tears||163|
|6.||In the Form of a Bird: Kaluli Aesthetics||217|
|Appendix||Kaluli Folk Ornithology||269|
|Glossary of Kaluli Terms||279|