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Crying shame : metaculture, modernity, and the exaggerated death of lament

Author: James MacLynn Wilce
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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Building on ethnographic fieldwork & extensive historical evidence, James Wilce analyzes lament across thousands of years & nearly every continent, illustrating human commonalities & cultural diversity. In doing so, he offers a new perspective on modernity & postmodernity by demonstrating their fundamental relationship to lament.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilce, James MacLynn, 1953-
Crying shame.
Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
(OCoLC)891483962
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James MacLynn Wilce
ISBN: 9781405169929 1405169923
OCLC Number: 239233586
Description: xv, 274 pages : illustrations, photograph ; 24 cm
Contents: For crying out loud, what is lament anyway? --
Lament and emotion --
Antiquity, metaculture, and the control of lament --
Cultural amnesia and the objectification of lament in Bangladesh --
Modern transformations --
How shame spreads in modernity --
Crying backward : primitivist representations of lament --
Mourning becomes the electron's age : lamenting modernity(ies) --
Lament's (post)modern vertigo : floating in a deterritorialized media sea --
Lament in a postmodern world of revivals.
Responsibility: James M. Wilce.
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For millennia, lamenting ? expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context ? both sustained and challenged communities around the world. In recent centuries, however,  Read more...

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"James Wilce's new book is a stunning attempt to present lament as it currently exists cross-culturally." (Journal of Folklore Research, 21 September 2011)

 
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