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

Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America: The Interface between Print and Oral Traditions (Hardback, New edition)

By Atkinson, David
By Roud, Steve

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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'. Not only are some traditional singers known to have learned songs from printed sources, but most of the songs were composed ... read full description below.

ISBN 9781472427410
Barcode 9781472427410
Published 4 July 2014 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9781472427410
ISBN-10 1472427416
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 4 July 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Atkinson, David
By Roud, Steve
Category Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900)
Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Number of Pages 306
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 703g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Ballads, English - England - History and criticism, Ballads, English - Ireland - History and criticism, Street literature - England - History and criticism, Ballads, English - North America - History and criticism, Street literature - Ireland - History and criticism
NBS Text Literary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 821.04409;821.0440908
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review '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

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Author's Bio

David Atkinson is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK. Steve Roud is an independent scholar in the UK.

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