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Ring of Liberation : Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira

Ring of Liberation : Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira - 92 edition

Ring of Liberation : Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira - 92 edition

ISBN13: 9780226476834

ISBN10: 0226476839

Ring of Liberation : Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira by J. Lowell Lewis - ISBN 9780226476834
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92
Copyright: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1992
International: No
Ring of Liberation : Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira by J. Lowell Lewis - ISBN 9780226476834

ISBN13: 9780226476834

ISBN10: 0226476839

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92

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Summary

Based on eighteen months of intensive participant-observation,Ring of Liberationoffers both an in-depth description of capoeira-a complex Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines feats of great strength and athleticism with music and poetry-and a pioneering synthetic approach to the analysis of complex cultural performance.

Capoeira originated in early slave culture and is practiced widely today by urban Brazilians and others. At once game, sport, mock combat, and ritualized performance, it involves two players who dance and ''battle'' within a ring of musicians and singers. Stunning physical performances combine with music and poetry in a form as expressive in movement as it is in word.

J. Lowell Lewis explores the convergence of form and content in capoeira. The many components and characteristics of this elaborate black art form-for example, competing genre frameworks and the necessary fusion of multiple modes of expression-demand, Lewis feels, to be given ''body'' as well as ''voice.'' In response, he uses Peircean semiotics and recent work in discourse and performance theory to map the connections between physical, musical, and linguistic play in capoeira and to reflect on the general relations between semiotic systems and the creation and recording of cultural meaning.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures Foreword, by Robert Farris Thompson Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Origins of Capoeira 3. Capoeira in Salvador 4. Jogar--Body Play 5. Tocar--Musical Play 6. Brincar--Verbal Play 7. Conclusion Appendix A: Laban Notation of Capoeira Ginga Appendix B: Movement Repertoire Appendix C: Names of Masters Cited Notes Glossary Bibliography Discography Films and Videos Index
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