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Ballads into Books

The Legacies of Francis James Child Selected Papers from the 26th International Ballad Conference (SIEF Ballad Commission), Swansea, Wales, 19-24 July 1996

Tom Cheesman and Sigrid Rieuwerts

Francis James Child (1825-1896) was to the traditional balladry of the English-speaking world what the Brothers Grimm were to fairytales. His edition of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) has never been superseded: it is an invaluable resource for scholars in many disciplines, as well as for singers, poets and other writers. Marking the centenary of both the scholar and his work, this volume presents authoritative new research on his editorial practice, his correspondence with key contributors in the British Isles, and the heirs to the ballad research tradition which he established. Other groups of essays debate the aesthetic distinctiveness of the «Child ballads» and interpret them in relation to wide-ranging historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Up-to-date guides to bibliographic, archival and online research resources, and a select discography, are provided for the benefit of students and others approaching traditional narrative song for the first time.
Contents: Tom Cheesman and Sigrid Rieuwerts: Introduction: Child Who? – Sigrid Rieuwerts: In Memoriam: Francis James Child (1825-1896) – Mary Ellen Brown: Mr. Child–s Scottish Mentor: William Motherwell – David Atkinson: Sabine Baring-Gould–s Contribution to The English and Scottish Popular Ballads – Michael J. Bell: ‘To Realize the Imagined Community‘: Francis Barton Gummere and the Politics of Democracy – William Bernard McCarthy: Olive Dame Campbell and Appalachian Tradition – Julia C. Bishop: ‘The Most Valuable Collection of Child Ballads with Tunes Ever Published’: The Unfinished Work of James Madison Carpenter – James Moreira: Genre and Balladry – Thomas Pettitt: The Ballad of Tradition: In Pursuit of a Vernacular Aesthetic – Flemming G. Andersen: ‘There Were Three Sisters’ (Child 10): One Ballad and Two World Views – Wolfgang Braungart: Goethe’s Ur-Ei: Literature, Media, Anthropology and the Ballad – Nathan Rose: A Literary History of ‘Child Owlet’ (Child 291) – Gerald Porter: Telling the Tale Twice Over: Shakespeare and the Ballad – Stephen Knight: From Print to Script: Editing the Forresters Manuscript – Dianne Dugaw: The Politics of Culture: John Gay and Popular Ballads – Faye Ringel: ‘Stealing Plots and Tropes’: Traditional Ballads and American Genre Fiction – Tony Conran: ‘The Maid and the Palmer’ (Child 21) – Pauline Greenhill: ‘Who’s Gonna Kiss Your Ruby Red Lips?’ Sexual Scripts in Floating Verses – Thomas A. McKean: Gordon Easton and ‘The Beggarman’ (Child 279/280) – Frankie Armstrong (with editorial assistance from Brian Pearson): On Singing Child Ballads –David Atkinson: A Child Ballad Study Guide with Select Bibliography and Discography – Tom Cheesman: Online Resources – Tom Cheesman: Publications of the SIEF Ballad Commission.