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Ballads and broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800

Ballads and broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800

Fumerton, Patricia; Guerrini, Anita, 1953-; McAbee, Kris

Bringing together diverse scholars to represent the full historical breadth of the early modern period, and a wide range of disciplines, this book offers a different perspective on the development and cultural practice of ballads and broadsides in early modern Britain

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Farnham: Ashgate, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Patricia Fumerton and Anita Guerrini with the assistance of Kris McAbee
ISBN: 0754662489, 9780754662488
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: 17th Century; Literature; Broadsides Great Britain History.; 18th Century; Ballads, English Great Britain History and criticism.; Street literature Great Britain History and criticism.; Popular culture; Popular culture Great Britain History.; Printing; 16th Century


  1. Introduction: straws in the wind, Patricia Fumerton and Anita Guerrini
  2. Part I Re-Collecting and Re-Defining Ballads: Remembering by dismembering: databases, archiving, and the recollection of 17th-century broadside ballads, Patricia Fumerton
  3. 'The art of printing was fatal': print commerce and the idea of oral tradition in long 18th-century ballad discourse, Paula McDowell
  4. Child's ballads and the broadside conundrum, Mary Ellen Brown. Part II Strange News: Tradition, Journalism, and Monstrosity: Journalism vs. tradition in the early English ballads of the murdered sweetheart, Thomas Pettit
  5. Do you take this hog-faced woman to be your wedded wife?, Tassie Gniady
  6. Advertising monstrosity: broadsides and human exhibition in early 18th-century London, Anita Guerrini. Part III The Criminal Subject: Gender, Law, and Emotion: 'And I my vowe did keepe': oath making, subjectivity and husband murder in 'murderous wife' ballads, Simone Chess
  7. Tracking the petty traitor across genres, Frances E. Dolan
  8. Ballads and the emotional life of crime, Joy Wiltenberg. Part IV The Matter of Print: Class, Craft, and Authorship: 'The maiden's bloody garland': Thomas Warton and the elite appropriation of popular song, Steve Newman
  9. 'Ne sutor ultra crepidam': political cobblers and broadside ballads in late 17th-century England, Angela McShane
  10. William Hogarth's pregnant ballad sellers and the engraver's matrix, Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell. Part V Border Crossings: England, Scotland, and the New World: War and the media in Border minstrelsy: The Ballad of Chevy Chase, Ruth Perry
  11. Heroines gritty and tender, printed and oral, late-breaking and traditional: revisiting the Anglo-American female warrior, Dianne Dugaw
  12. Music and Indians in John Gay's Polly, Noelle Chao
  13. Afterword: ballad futures, Bruce R. Smith
  14. Selected bibliography
  15. Index.