ANT 394M • Anthropology of Performing Arts
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The seminar will address the question of whether the pleasure to be had from listening to various kinds of performances differs from genre to genre, and if so, how. Bourdieu is no doubt right that we classify ourselves by our aesthetic preferences, but status aspirations hardly exhaust what there is to say about why people enjoy some performances more than others. So we will consider topics at the borders of aesthetics and sociology, and both within and beyond Western societies. Most of the readings will focus on music, many on opera, but some, too, on more popular genres, including rap, heavy metal, and gamelan.