Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

Ballads run like a radioactive dye through elite literature in the eighteenth century and beyond, illuminating the structures and workings of high culture. Authors happen across ballads on the walls of country houses and city streets, hear them bawled out in London and Edinburgh, and track them to cottages in pursuit of minstrelsy. ...

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1. Why There's No Poetic Justice in The Beggar's Opera: Ballads, Lyric, and the Semiautonomy of Culture

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pp. 15-43

To understand the work ballads do in The Beggar's Opera, it is best to approach them from the oblique angle provided by the conclusion. As Macheath moves toward the scaffold, his progress is stopped by an exchange between the Player and the Beggar who has putatively written the play: ...

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2. Scots Songs in the Scottish Enlightenment: Pastoral, Progress, and the Lyric Split in Allan Ramsay, John Home, and Robert Burns

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pp. 44-96

In the eighteenth century Scottish authors faced a crisis even more pressing than the one encountered by D'Urfey, Addison, and Gay. A century after losing its court with James VI's accession to the English throne, Scotland lost its parliament to the 1707 Act of Union,1 and the Act also helped further displace Scots with English as the standard language of the polite. ...

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3. Addressing the Problem of a Lyric History: Collecting Shakespeare's Songs/Shakespeare as Song Collector

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pp. 97-135

In Ramsay's Gentle Shepherd, Patie praises Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Drummond of Hawthornden, and Cowley without discriminating among them. By the 1740s many would have reckoned it an insult to list any other writer, including Jonson, alongside the author who would become "the Bard" during this era. ...

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4. Ballads and the Problem of Lyric Violence in Blake and Wordsworth

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pp. 136-184

Although the Preface to Lyrical Ballads has been raked over as thoroughly as any bit of prose in English, a passage that has attracted little notice includes the single example of good poetry that Wordsworth actually cites.1 It is from the redoubtable "Children in the Wood;' and it shows why understanding Romantic lyric and its relationship to politics and history require attention to the Ballad Revival: ...

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5. Reading as Remembering and the Subject of Lyric: Child Ballads, Children's Ballads, and the New Criticism

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pp. 185-228

Three years before writing ''America the Beautiful;' Katharine Lee Bates published a collection of ballads for use in schools.1 Drawing her epigraph from "The Solitary Reaper" ("The plaintive numbers flow .. :'), she immediately locates her textbook within a Romantic tradition of ballad collection. ...

Notes

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pp. 229-262

Bibliography

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pp. 263-282

Index

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pp. 283-292

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 293-294

During a sojourn at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I found intellectual fellowship with Julia Garrett and John Price, among many others. Now, at Temple University, I have been gifted with excellent and supportive colleagues like Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Eli Goldblatt, Shannon Miller, Lyn Tribble, Sue Wells (a wonderful chair), and especially Dan O'Hara. ...