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

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

by Steven Feld

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812211245
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 06/01/1982
Series: Conduct and Communication
Pages: 312

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 Illustrationsvi
Acknowledgmentsviii
Preface to the Second Editionx
Introduction3
1.The Boy Who Became a Muni Bird20
2.To You They Are Birds, to Me They Are Voices in the Forest44
3.Weeping That Moves Women to Song86
4.The Poetics of Loss and Abandonment130
5.Song That Moves Men to Tears163
6.In the Form of a Bird: Kaluli Aesthetics217
Postscript, 1989239
AppendixKaluli Folk Ornithology269
Glossary of Kaluli Terms279
References284
Discography292
Index293

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