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Author Atkinson, David, 1955 February 23- author.

Title The Anglo-Scottish ballad and its imaginary contexts / David Atkinson.

Publication Info. Cambridge : Open Books Publishers, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- 1. Where is the ballad? -- 2. On the nature of evidence -- 3. Textual authority and the sources of variance -- 4. The material ballad -- 5. Sound and writing -- 6. Agency, intention, and the problem of version (with a brief history of ballad editing) -- 7. Palimpsest or texte génétique -- 8. Afterword: 'All her friends cried out for shame'.
Summary "This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing. Among the matters addressed are topics central to the subject, including ballad origins, oral and printed transmission, sound and writing, agency and editing, and textual and melodic indeterminacy and instability. While drawing on the time-honoured materials of ballad studies, the book offers a theoretical framework for the discipline to complement the largely ethnographic approach that has dominated in recent decades. Primarily directed at the community of ballad and folk song scholars, the book will be of interest to researchers in several adjacent fields, including folklore, oral literature, ethnomusicology, and textual scholarship."--Publisher's website.
Language English.
Subject Ballads, English -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Ballads, Scots -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Literary studies: general.
Literature and literary studies.
Literature: history and criticism.
Ballads, English. (OCoLC)fst00825896
Ballads, Scots. (OCoLC)fst00825975
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Ballads, English -- England -- History and criticism.
Ballads, Scots -- Scotland -- History and criticism.
Indexed Term ballads.
oral transmission.
textual scholarship.
ballad studies.
folk songs.
critique gňťique.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Atkinson, David, 1955 February 23- Anglo-Scottish ballad and its imaginary contexts. [Cambridge?] : Open Book Publishers, [2014] 9781783740277 9781783740284 (OCoLC)875178527
ISBN 9781783740291 (electronic book)
1783740299 (electronic book)
Standard No. 10.11647/OBP.0041 doi
ISBN 9781783740284
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