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Thread #30819   Message #397876
Posted By: Rev
14-Feb-01 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Woman dressed as a man
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Woman dressed as a man
One of my professors at the University of Oregon wrote an entire book on songs of this type. It's really quite interesting and a good read, and has lyrics to a number of songs with that motif. She traces it back to the 1600s and looks at how the image of the powerful ass-kicking woman of the earliest variants changed into a weak and helpless woman who is barely passable as a man in the later Victorian -era versions. Anyway, its a good book for any of you ballad cats out there. It's called "Warrior Women and Popular Balladry: 1650 - 1850" by Dianne Dugaw (1989 Cambridge U. Press, or 1996 U of Chicago Press. ISBN: 0-226-16916-2)