Ring Of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira

by J. Lowell Lewis

University Of Chicago Press | September 15, 1992 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a review
Based on eighteen months of intensive participant-observation, Ring of Liberation offers 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 294 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.31 in

Published: September 15, 1992

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0226476839

ISBN - 13: 9780226476834

Found in: Folk, Folk, Social and Cultural Studies

save 5%

  • In stock online

$32.95  ea

Online Price

$32.95 List Price

or, Used from $8.08

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Ring Of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira

by J. Lowell Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 294 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.31 in

Published: September 15, 1992

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0226476839

ISBN - 13: 9780226476834

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

From the Publisher

Based on eighteen months of intensive participant-observation, Ring of Liberation offers 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.
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart