By Robert S. Cantwell
Wide-ranging and provocative, this publication will fascinate all these intrigued by way of how we create and perpetuate our representations of folklife and tradition. Ethnomimesis is Robert Cantwell's be aware for the method wherein we take cultural impacts, traditions, and practices to ourselves after which occur them to others. Ethnomimesis is a component of normal social verbal exchange, yet springing out of it, too, is that striking summoning up that produces our literature, our paintings, and our tune. within the broadest feel, ethnomimesis is the illustration of culture.Using such diversified cultural artifacts as King Lear and an eighteenth-century English manor backyard to deepen our figuring out of ethnomimesis, Cantwell then explores at size the illustration of tradition in our nationwide museum, the Smithsonian, focusing particularly at the competition of yank Folklife. Like many different such exhibitions, the competition enacts displays of tradition around the barriers of rank and sophistication, race and ethnicity, gender and the lifestyles cycle. just like the idea of 'folklife' itself, Cantwell argues, the competition stands the place ethnomimesis reveals its inventive resource, on the cultural frontier among self and different. That boundary, and the power that accumulates there, runs during the many, various 'exhibits' of this publication.
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Blessed with a great abundance of ideas, he regularly gives them away to young people in need of direction, and in the circles within which he moves it has become a standing joke that, if there's someone out there you need to know, Archie will make the introduction. He knows his way around in many circles, and he gets about the world, not alone, and never silently, but in eager curiosity, with friends or relations or in crowded public conveyances, continually discovering, wherever he may be, the genuine lifeinvariably the rich and interesting lifethat others may have overlooked.
I. Title. 2'6'0973dc20 93-9681 CIP The author gratefully acknow-ledges the generous support offered toward the completion of this work by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Office of Folklife Programs, Smithsonian Institution. : Museum of Our National Heritage, 1988). The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. Robert Cantwell is visiting associate professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound.
Naturally I listened carefully to what Rinzler had to say. He told a story, one he has repeated to his colleagues and associates many times over the years: about the eighteenth-century Bishop Percy's rescue, just as his housekeeper was about to consign it to the flames, of a ballad manuscript; about Harvard's ballad-scholar George Lyman Kittredge, who edited Professor Child's ballads and encouraged his student John Lomax in song Page xv collecting; about Cecil Sharp, the English musicologist and reformist who in the early twentieth century, under the sponsorship of distinguished Boston philanthropists, set out to discoverand discoveredsurviving British ballads in the Southern Appalachians; about the Popular Front folksong movement of mid-century, in which he, Rinzler, had been swept up and whose movers and shakers, the Lomaxes and the Seegers, are still his acknowledged models and personal heroes; about his own highly important and influential folklore work in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Nova Scotia; and about the Smithsonian, the National Museum, for which he had conceived a folk festival compatible with both its cultural project and his own.