Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende
"Its presentation, its exceptionally lively style, the perfection of its illustrations make this a stunning book, perfectly fitting for the study of a performing art and its content is indeed seminal. . . . A breakthrough."—Jan Vansina, African Studies Review
The Arts Council of the African Stu. Ass: The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award
Note on Orthography
Pt. 1: The Process of Invention
1: "Dancing the Masks": Introduction to the World of Pende Masquerading
2: Who Invents Masks Anyway?
3: Costuming for Change
4: Birth of an Atelier, Birth of a Style
5: Pende Theories of Physiognomy and Gender
6: Learning to Read Faces, Learning to Read Masks
Pt. 2: The History of Invention
7: A Precolonial Pende Art History?
8: Masks in the Colonial Period
Conclusion: The Role of the Audience in Invention and Reinvention
Appendix: Further Notes on Certain Mask Genres