In recent years, the assumption that traditional songs originated from a primarily oral tradition has been challenged by research into 'street literature' - that is, the cheap printed broadsides and chapbooks that poured from the presses of jobbing printers from the late sixteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth. Not only are some traditional singers known to have learned songs from printed sources, but most of the songs were composed by professional writers and reached the populace in printed form. Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America engages with the long-running debate over the origin of traditional songs by examining street literature's interaction with, and influence on, oral traditions.
'Here is a very important book for anyone who is interested in the origins and evolution of folk song. ...essential if you have any interest in this subject.' English Dance and Song Magazine 'This is a well-balanced collection, exhibiting throughout the results of careful research, drawing considered conclusions. Ballad studies are thriving, and it is a welcome addition to the field.' Folk Music Journal
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.4