Singing the unspeakable

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262887
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734441 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Singing the unspeakable

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This chapter discusses narratives, which give coherence to the chaos of experience. The chapter begins by studying the gapped narrative, where cannibalism became a recurring theme of English songs and broadsides during the nineteenth century. Plotless narratives and the other Child ballads are examined in the latter portion of the chapter.

Keywords: narratives; gapped narrative; cannibalism; English songs; broadsides; plotless narratives; Child ballads

Chapter.  9038 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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