The Anglo-Scottish ballad and its imaginary contexts

"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 str...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Atkinson, David
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge, UK Open Books Publishers 2014, 2014
Online Access:
Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-201) and index
  • Preface
  • 1. Where is the ballad?
  • 2. On the nature of evidence
  • 3. Textual authority and the sources of variance
  • 4. The material ballad
  • 5. Sound and writing
  • 6. Agency, intention, and the problem of version (with a brief history of ballad editing)
  • 7. Palimpsest or texte génétique
  • 8. Afterword: 'All her friends cried out for shame'