Cloth $38.00 ISBN: 9789059725263 Published January 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction

Edited by Frank Kouwenhoven and James Kippen

Edited by Frank Kouwenhoven and James Kippen

Distributed for Eburon Publishers, Delft

472 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 9 3/8
Cloth $38.00 ISBN: 9789059725263 Published January 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Music and dance play a fascinating and complex role in social interactions in nearly every culture. The power of music to elicit physical reactions—from causing people simply to sway in rhythm, to inciting trances or even sexual excitement—has led to numerous different traditions of music and dance in the service of romance. Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction examines a broad range of such practices: from the dancing and singing of South Indian devadasis (courtesans) to the provocative dialogues exchanged between Chinese rural villagers; from the interplay of attraction and repulsion in Mozart’s operas to the “bump and grind” of dancers in nightclubs today. From anthropological, biological, and ethnomusicological perspectives, the essays in this volume explore the universality of the relationship between music, dance, and sexual attraction.
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