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Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad

Jack Campin 18 Mar 14 - 01:26 PM
Matthew Edwards 18 Mar 14 - 02:22 PM
GUEST 19 Mar 14 - 08:19 AM
GUEST,leeneia 19 Mar 14 - 11:23 AM
GUEST,Plain English campaign 21 Mar 14 - 08:08 AM
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Subject: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: Jack Campin
Date: 18 Mar 14 - 01:26 PM

Just got this from the Trad Music Forum:

THE ANGLO-SCOTTISH BALLAD: CONTEMPORARY EXPLORATION OF BALLAD STUDIES FREE TO READ ONLINE

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: http://www.openbookpublishers.com/reader/250

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.


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Subject: RE: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 18 Mar 14 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for posting the link; it looks like a fascinating read.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 14 - 08:19 AM

I'm half wondering from a cursory first scan whether this is not so much a study of some of the nature of its purported subject as a plea for a wider abstraction of the corpus of folk music as a whole: he doesn't seem to have got much further than we have in the question of what is folk music, for starters. I kept picking up major threads such as uncertainty of the objectivity of the Rous taxonomy and the untapped wealth of sources coming online, not only from the RVW Library but also from the British Library's huge broadsheet collection, and in a way the analyses he does on just a couple of Anglo-Scottish ballads, fascinating and amusing though they are, appear to simply be pathfinder samples in addressing the wider question of what the heritage tells us.

Maybe the answer is to consult a specialist in the philosophy of study to find the tools whereby such a question can be addressed, as it's clear that linear argument such as those imposed in a text-based medium may be inadequate in a domain where the genetic mutation he identifies hybridises not only the texts, but also the history of the concerns of the Nation, over several hundred years which have seen major changes in the nature of the Nation. As it's taken a hundred years to get this far, perhaps we need tools which not only track the subject, but also track the formation of the ideation of the abstraction so those who come after us can complete the work!


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Subject: RE: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Mar 14 - 11:23 AM

Thanks for the link, Jack.


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Subject: RE: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: GUEST,Plain English campaign
Date: 21 Mar 14 - 08:08 AM

> "the formation of the ideation of the abstraction" <

WTF??

The book looks interesting, though.


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Subject: RE: Atkinson: The Anglo-Scottish Ballad
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 21 Mar 14 - 08:15 AM

Guest - can you identify yourself?
(I thought there was a ban on people posting without any sort of ID ... but it seems to be increasingly common...)
Derek (my real name!!)


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