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In 1978, Patrick McNaughton witnessed a bird dance masquerade in the small town of Dogoduman. He was so affected by this performance that its dazzling artistic power has never left him. As he revisits that very special evening in A Bird Dance near Saturday City, McNaughton carefully considers the components of the performance, its pace, the performers, and what the entire experience means for understandings of Bamana and West African aesthetics and culture. The performance of virtuoso dancer Sidi Ballo becomes McNaughton's vehicle for understanding the power of individuals in African art and the power of aesthetics as a cultural phenomenon. Topics such as what makes art effective, what makes it "good," how production is wrapped in individual virtuosity, and what individual artistry suggests about society reveal how individuals work together to create the indelible experience of outstanding performance. This exuberant and captivating book will influence views of society, culture, art, history, and their makers in West Africa for years to come.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Note to Readers
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction: An Explosion of Art at Dogoduman
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. PART 1. THE BIRD DANCE AT DOGODUMAN
  2. p. 11
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  1. 1. The Performance
  2. pp. 13-30
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  1. 2. How to View a Bird Dance
  2. pp. 31-64
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  1. PART 2. SIDI BALLO AND THE DISPOSITION OF INDIVIDUALS
  2. p. 65
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  1. 3. Sidi Ballo at Dogoduman
  2. pp. 67-79
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  1. 4. A Closer Look at Sidi Ballo
  2. pp. 80-105
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  1. 5. Individuals Intertwined
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. PART 3. FROM DOGODUMAN TO AN AESTHETIC OF AFFECT
  2. p. 125
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  1. 6. Sidi Ballo’s Aesthetic Milieu
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. 7. Form Reconsidered in Mande Light
  2. pp. 145-157
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  1. 8. A Mande Aesthetic Profile
  2. pp. 158-190
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  1. 9. An Aesthetic of Affect
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. PART 4. MAKING MEANING WITH A BIRD
  2. p. 213
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  1. 10. Expanding the Beholder’s Share
  2. pp. 215-231
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  1. 11. An Atmosphere for Sidi Ballo’s Bird Dance
  2. pp. 232-252
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  1. Conclusion: Bird Masquerading Is Alive and Well
  2. pp. 253-262
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-272
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-287
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-300
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253000415
Print ISBN
9780253351487
MARC Record
OCLC
301366465
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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