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What is Art for?

What is Art for? - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0295970172

Cover of What is Art for? 90 (ISBN 978-0295970172)
ISBN13: 978-0295970172
ISBN10: 0295970170
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Published: 1990
International: No

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What is Art for? - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0295970172

Ellen Dissanayake

ISBN13: 978-0295970172
ISBN10: 0295970170
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Published: 1990
International: No
Summary

Reprint. Originally published in 1982 by Payot, Paris. Courbin emphatically argues that the primary task of archaeology is the establishment of facts--stratigraphies, time sequences, and identifications of tools, bones, potsherds--and that archaeology is a distinct discipline, separate from history and anthropology. A new theory of the evolutionary significance of art (meaning not only visual art, but music, poetic language, dance, and performance). Art is regarded from a biobehavioral or ethological viewpoint and is shown to be a biological necessity in human existence and a fundamental characteristic of the human species. Dissanayake claims that the arts evolved as a means of making socially important activities memorable and pleasurable, and thus have been essential to human survival. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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