Items related to Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (McLellan Book)

Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (McLellan Book) - Hardcover

4.08 avg rating
( 36 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780295979113: Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (McLellan Book)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 
To Ellen Dissanayake, the arts are biologically evolved propensities of human nature: their fundamental features helped early humans adapt to their environment and reproduce themselves successfully over generations. In "Art and Intimacy", she argues for the joint evolutionary origin of art and intimacy, what we commonly call love. It all begins with the human trait of birthing immature and helpless infants. To ensure that mothers find their demanding babies worth caring for, humans evolved to be loveable and to attune themselves to others from the moment of birth. The ways in which mother and infant respond to each other are rhythmically patterned vocalisations and exaggerated face and body movements that Dissanayake calls rhythms and sensory modes. Rhythms and modes also give rise to the arts. Because humans are born predisposed to respond to and use rhythmic-modal signals, societies everywhere have elaborated them further as music, mime, dance, and display, in rituals which instil and reinforce valued cultural beliefs. Just as rhythms and modes co-ordinate and unify the mother-infant pair, in ceremonies they co-ordinate and unify members of a group. Today, we humans live in environments very different from those of our ancestors. They used ceremonies (the arts) to address matters of serious concern, such as health, prosperity, and fecundity, that affected their survival. Now, we tend to dismiss the arts, to see them as superfluous, only for an elite. But if we are biologically predisposed to participate in artlike behaviour, then we actually need the arts. Even - or perhaps especially - in our fast-paced, sophisticated modern lives, the arts encourage us to show that we care about important things. Ellen Dissanayake has recently held Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She has lectured and taught in a variety of settings, including the New School for Social Research in New York City, the National Arts School in Papua New Guinea, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the author of "Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why and What Is Art For?"

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:
Ellen Dissanayake gives us a deep and even moving investigation of art's capacity to touch every corner of our emotional lives. --Denis Dutton "Washington Post " Ellen Dissanayake gives us a deep and even moving investigation of art's capacity to touch every corner of our emotional lives.--Denis Dutton "Washington Post "
About the Author:
Ellen Dissanayake is Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and has recently held Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She has lectured and taught in a variety of settings, including the New School for Social Research in New York City, the National Arts School in Papua New Guinea, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the author of Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and What Is Art For?

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

  • PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
  • Publication date2000
  • ISBN 10 0295979119
  • ISBN 13 9780295979113
  • BindingHardcover
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages268
  • Rating
    4.08 avg rating
    ( 36 ratings by Goodreads )

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780295991962: Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (McLellan Book)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  ISBN 13:  9780295991962
Publisher: University of Washington Press, 2012
Softcover

9780295995786: Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (McLellan Endowed)

Univer..., 2015
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Front Cover Books
(Denver, CO, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # FrontCover0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
61.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Books of the Smoky Mountains
(Pflugerville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newport0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
67.45
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.37
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Campbell Bookstore
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # NewCamp0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
67.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.37
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Byrd Books
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: new. In Never used condition. Seller Inventory # Nbynew0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
68.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.58
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldBooks
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: new. New Copy. Customer Service Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # think0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
68.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.36
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: new. New. Fast Shipping and good customer service. Seller Inventory # Holz_New_0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
69.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.17
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
The Book Spot
(Sioux Falls, SD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # Abebooks21476

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
72.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GF Books, Inc.
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0295979119-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
300.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Dissanayake, Ellen
ISBN 10: 0295979119 ISBN 13: 9780295979113
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. In shrink wrap. Looks like an interesting title! 1.58. Seller Inventory # Q-0295979119

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
328.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.05
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds