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Thread #154007   Message #3610633
Posted By: Jack Campin
18-Mar-14 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
Subject: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
Just got this from the Trad Music Forum:


Open Book Publishers, a non-profit organization, run by academics in Cambridge and London, has made The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts by David Atkinson available to read for free through their website. It explores contemporary debates in ballad studies, combining them with the insights of modern textual scholarship.

Read it here:

More about the book:

This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing.

Among the matters addressed are topics central to the subject, including ballad origins, oral and printed transmission, sound and writing, agency and editing, and textual and melodic indeterminacy and instability.

While drawing on the time-honoured materials of ballad studies, the book offers a theoretical framework for the discipline to complement the largely ethnographic approach that has dominated in recent decades. Primarily directed at the community of ballad and folk song scholars, the book will be of interest to researchers in several adjacent fields, including folklore, oral literature, ethnomusicology and textual scholarship.

The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts was published on 17 March 2014 and can be read for free online as well as being available in inexpensive e-book, paperback and hardback editions.