Richard Shechner's preface begins by assessing the importance and bravery of Victor Turner's work -- "Victor Turner in his late work brought up some very troublesome questions. It is the mark of his generous genius that he never stepped back from thinking into a problem merely because he had no way out. I admire his 'notyesness' [and] his 'unfinishedness'...."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Images and Reflections: Ritual, Drama, Carnival, Film, and Spectacle in Cultural Performance
Social Dramas in Brazilian Umbanda: The Dialects of Meaning
The Anthropology of Performance
Rokujo's Jealousy: Liminality and the Performance Genres
Carnaval in Rio: Dionysian Drama in an Industrializing Society
Body, Brain, and Culture
Here's a precis: Turner "addresses issues of cultural performance, carnival, film, theatre, and 'performing ethnography' to break new ground in anthropological thinking about event, spectacle, and audience. One of his last writings, 'Body, Brain, and Culture' links cerebral neurology and anthropology studies in a fascinating interface."
Book details: hardback, black paper over boards with gold details; sewn binding; 185 pp; released with dustjacket.