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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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Chorus, Song, and Anthropology

Chorus, Song, and Anthropology

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(p.67) 4 Chorus, Song, and Anthropology
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Choruses, Ancient and Modern
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Ian Rutherford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0005

In ‘Chorus, Song, and Anthropology’, Ian Rutherford presents an overview of the relationship between anthropological writings about dance and the use made of these by classicists.  The chapter has three parts. The first discusses the theories of initiation prominent in the first two decades of the twentieth century, such as those by Routledge and Routledge. From the point of view of Classics, this period was marked by a close relationship between work on Greek antiquity, as represented above all by the Cambridge School, and the broader intellectual tradition. The second part looks at dance and social anthropology from 1920 to 1980, starting from the foundational work on dance by Radcliffe-Brown and Evans-Pritchard. Classicists were slow to make use of this work until Calame’s studies of maiden song in the 1970s. The chapter ends with a brief account of recent thinking about choruses in evolutionary anthropology.

Keywords:   Radcliffe-Brown, Jane Harrison, Cambridge School, cultural anthropology, dance, Claude Calame, Evans-Pritchard, S. and K. Routledge, ethnography, evolutionary anthropology

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