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Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America : The Interface Between Print and Oral Traditions - David Atkinson

Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America

The Interface Between Print and Oral Traditions

By: David Atkinson (Editor), Steve Roud (Editor)

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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

Contents: Introduction, Steve Roud; Was there really a 'mass extinction of old ballads' in the romantic period?, David Atkinson; Birmingham broadsides and oral tradition, Roy Palmer; The Newcastle song chapbooks, Peter Wood; Forgotten broadsides and the song tradition of Scots travellers, Chris Wright; Welsh balladry and literacy, Ffon Mair Jones; Ballads and ballad singers: Samuel Lover's tour of Dublin in 1830, John Moulden; Henry J. Wehman and cheap print in late 19th-century America, Norm Cohen; 'I'd have you buy it and learn it': Sabine Baring-Gould, his fellow collectors, and street literature, Martin Graebe; The popular ballad and the book trade: 'Bateman's Tragedy' versus 'The Demon Lover', David Atkinson; Mediating Maria Marten: comparative and contextual studies of the Red Barn ballads, Thomas Pettitt; 'Old Brown's Daughter': re-contextualizing a 'locally' composed Newfoundland folk song, Anna Kearney Guigne; Select bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781472427410
ISBN-10: 1472427416
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.4