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.
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.
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$37.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-195178-5