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The flowering thorn expresses the dual nature of the ballad: at once a distinctive expression of European tradition, but also somewhat tricky to approach from a scholarly perspective, requiring a range of disciplines to illuminate its rich composition. Most of this latter quality has to do with the very features that characterize ballads... or narrative songs. These include an appearance of fragmentation; a wide range of cultural and social referents; complex, evocative symbolic language; and variation. The notable multiformity of meaning, text and tune is mirrored in scholarship, too. The Flowering Thorn is therefore wide ranging, with articles written by world authorities from the fields of folklore, history, literature, and ethnology, employing a variety of methodologies—structuralism to functionalism, repertoire studies to geographical explorations of cultural movement and change. The twenty-five selected contributions represent the latest trends in ballad scholarship, embracing the multi-disciplinary nature of the field today. The essays have their origins in the 1999 International Ballad Conference of the Kommission fur Volksdichtung (KfV), which focused particularly on ballads and social context; performance and repertoire; genre, motif, and classification. The revised, tailored, and expanded essays are divided into five sections—the interpretation of narrative song; structure and motif; context, version, and transmission; regions, reprints, and repertoires; and the mediating collector's offering a range of examples from fifteen different cultures, ten of them drawing on languages other than English, resulting in a series of personal journeys to the heart of one of Europe's richest, most enduring cultural creations. —Thomas McKean, from the Introduction

CONTRIBUTORS: Mary Anne Alburger, David Atkinson, Julia C. Bishop, Valentina Bold, Katherine Campbell, Nicolae Constantinescu, Luisa Del Giudice, Sheila Douglas, David G. Engle, Frances J. Fischer, Simon Furey, Vic Gammon, Marjetka Golez-Kaucic, Pauline Greenhill, Cozette Griffin-Kremer, J. J. Dias Marques, William Bernard McCarthy, Isabelle Peere, Gerald Porter, James Porter, Roger de V. Renwick, Sigrid Rieuwerts, Michèle Simonsen, Larry Syndergaard, Stefaan Top, Larysa Vakhnina, Lynn Wollstadt

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Now She's Fairly Altered Her Meaning: Interpreting Narrative Song
  2. pp. 17-21
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  1. Healing the Spider's Bite: "Ballad Therapy" and Tarantismo
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. Music, Charm and Seduction in British Traditional Songs and Ballads
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. "Places She Knew Very Well": The Symbolic Economy of Women's Travels in Traditional Newfoundland Ballads
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Positive Masculinity in the Ballads Sung by Scottish Women
  2. pp. 67-75
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  1. Jesting with Edge Tools: The Dynamics of a Fragmentary Ballad Tradition
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. The Servant Problem in Child Ballads
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. May Day and Mayhem: Portraits of a Holiday in Eighteenth-Century Dublin Ballads
  2. pp. 101-127
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  1. Malign Forces That Can Punish and Pardon: Structure and Motif
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. An Oddity of Catalan Folk Songs and Ballads
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. "Barbara Allen" and "The Gypsy Laddie": Single-Rhyme Ballads in the Child Corpus
  2. pp. 143-154
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  1. The Motif of Poisoning in Ukrainian Ballads
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Contexts and Interpretations: The Walled-Up Wife Ballad and Other Related Texts
  2. pp. 161-167
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  1. Recapturing the Journey: Cruxes of Context, Version, and Transmission
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. The Life and Times of Rosie Anderson
  2. pp. 175-181
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  1. Scholar, Antischolar: Sir Alexander Gray's Translation of the Danish Ballads
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. "George Collins" in Hampshire
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. From France to Brazil via Germany and Portugal: The Meandering Journey of a Tradition Ballad
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. "The White Fisher": An Illegitimate Child Ballad from Aberdeenshire
  2. pp. 219-244
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  1. Regions, Reprints, and Repertoires
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Ballad Singing in New Deer
  2. pp. 249-256
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  1. Old Flemish Songbook Reprints
  2. pp. 257-264
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  1. Chants Populaires Flamands (1879): A Scholarly Field Collection and an Early Individual Repertoire
  2. pp. 265-284
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  1. The Corpus of French Ballads
  2. pp. 285-294
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  1. The Slovenian Folk and Literary Ballad
  2. pp. 295-305
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  1. Scotland's Nordic Ballads
  2. pp. 307-317
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  1. Simon Fraser's Airs and Melodies [1816]: An Instrumental Collection as a Source of Scottish Gaelic Songs
  2. pp. 319-336
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  1. "Purement scientifique et archeologique": The Mediating Collector
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. The Case against Peter Buchan
  2. pp. 341-351
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  1. Ballad Raids and Spoilt Songs: Collection as Colonization
  2. pp. 353-362
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  1. The Contribution of D. K. Wilgus to Ballad and Folksong Scholarship
  2. pp. 363-375
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 377
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 379-382
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 383-386
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  1. Song Title Index
  2. pp. 387-388
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874214918
Print ISBN
9780874215687
MARC Record
OCLC
779852234
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Y
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