The Empty Place - Poetry, Space, and Being among the Foi of Papua New Guinea

Author(s): James F. Weiner


Weiner analyzes the poetic imagery of songs composed by Foi women and performed by Foi men of the Mubi River Valley. These poems recreate Foi geography and employ image and metaphor to express their most encompassing existential and social contrasts. Weiner's use of philosophy in the aid of ethnography to study Foi poetic imagery will appeal to anthropologists and philosophers alike. "Weiner's lucid, sometimes lyrical, book, based on ten years of fieldwork, takes one inside the conceptual and existential world of the Foi . . . " --Choice "Weiner's book effectively explores the richness of Foi culture and the interrelatedness of language, space, and being." --James West Turner, Anthropos " . . . a very original and creative study . . . " --Anthropological Linguistics

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780253206756
  • : Indiana University Press
  • : Indiana University Press
  • : October 1991
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James F. Weiner
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 244