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Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

James M. Wilce

ISBN: 978-1-444-30625-5

Feb 2009

296 pages

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$97.99

Description

Building on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive historical evidence, Crying Shame analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent.
  • Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context
  • Draws on the author’s extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon
  • Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity
  • An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization
Acknowledgments.

Preface.

1 Introduction.

PART I LOCATING LAMENT AS OBJECT.

Introduction.

2 For Crying Out Loud: What Is Lament Anyway?

3 Lament and Emotion.

4 Antiquity, Metaculture, and the Control of Lament.

PART II LOSING LAMENT: MODERNITY AS LOSS.

Introduction.

5 Cultural Amnesia and the Objectification of Lament in Bangladesh.

6 Modern Transformations.

7 How Shame Spreads in Modernity.

8 Crying Backward: Primitivist Representations of Lament.

PART III REVIVING LAMENT: LAMENT AS KEY TROPE OF MODERNITY.

Introduction.

9 Mourning Becomes the Electron’s Age: Lamenting Modernity(ies).

10 Lament’s (Post)Modern Vertigo: Floating in a Deterritorialized Media Sea.

11 Lament in a Postmodern World of “Revivals”.

12 Conclusion.

Notes.

References.

Index.

""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)

 

  • Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context
  • Analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent
  • Draws on the author’s extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon
  • Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity
  • An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization