Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

This book explores a topic that not too many years ago was favored in folklore scholarship but that has now declined significantly from its privileged position...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xviii

"I have yet to find an approach to folksong from which I have not learned something" D. K. Wilgus first wrote over thirty-five years ago (1964: 39). Only someone...

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1. On Theorizing Folksong: Child Ballads in the West Indies

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pp. 3-24

As folklorists increasingly attempt to address their current crisis of identity by, for example, adopting the terminology of other disciplines (we seldom seem to "collect folklore...

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2. From Newry Town to Columbus City: A Robber's Journey

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pp. 25-58

This chapter offers a study which avoids weaknesses that arise when we draw too restricted a set of boundaries around folksong's textual subject matter. It accepts the premise...

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3. The Anglo/American Catalogue Song

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pp. 59-91

A survey of the more significant studies of Anglo/American folksong published over the last decade or so would reveal the ballad to be still by far the genre of scholarly...

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4. "Oh, Willie": An Unrecognized Anglo/American Ballad

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pp. 92-115

The most important step in the establishment and legitimation of folksong as a scholarly field was to amass a substantial body of data. In Britain, proponents of the emerging...

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5. "The Crabfish": A Traditional Story's Remarkable Grip on the Popular Imagination

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pp. 116-150

At the address http://www.harrier.net/hashes/, an internet surfer will find the website of the Pike's Peak, Colorado, chapter of the Hash House Harriers, an organization...

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Afterword

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pp. 151-152

D. K. Wilgus was actually one of my teachers when, in 1969,I enrolled in UCLA's graduate folklore program and learned a healthy respect not only for texts but for lots of...

Notes

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pp. 153-164

Works Cited

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pp. 165-176

GENERAL INDEX

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pp. 177-179

SINGER INDEX

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pp. 180-181

SONG INDEX

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pp. 182-183