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The Ballad Matrix examines the William Motherwell ballad collection, one of the largest collections of songs gathered during the golden age of ballad collecting in Scotland (1780 to 1830). The collected repertoire of Agnes Lyle of Kilbarchan, Motherwell's most prolific informant, consists of twenty-two full texts, some with tunes, and a number of additional fragments. Revealing how Agnes Lyle relied on the narrative techniques of ballad singing, these songs also show how she achieved expression of personal values and concerns even though her medium, the ballad, was a highly traditional one. When in her ballads Agnes Lyle expressed traditional attitudes toward luxury, sexuality, or death, her expression was uniquely vehement. Furthermore, she was able to express radical social and political attitudes, which are not traditional in balladry. Study of Agnes Lyle's ballads thus allows a better understanding of what it meant for a traditional singer to "learn" a ballad and to what extent she was free to make the song her own.

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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Fm
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part One
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  1. The Radical and the Tory
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  1. The Manuscripts and the Songs
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  1. Part Two
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  1. The Weaver’s Daughter Sings
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  1. The Weaver’s Daughter Nods
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  1. The Weaver’s Daughter Soars
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  1. Part Three
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  1. Love and Death
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  1. Politics and Perfidy
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Appendix
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  1. Notes
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253055637
MARC Record
OCLC
1259586252
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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