Fragments and fringes: the view from the centre

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

Fragments and fringes: the view from the centre

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This chapter discusses the assumption that certain groups — specifically inhabitants of ‘border’ areas — are prone to produce song fragments. It focuses on the act of perception and the material itself. The first section has a brief discussion on the concept of ‘Celtic’, its development and its effects on the study of literature and song. The chapter also presents a case-study that shows how the centre-to-margins pattern of perception evident in ‘outside’ dealings with the Celtic-speaking cultures can recur internally.

Keywords: song fragments; perception; Celtic; patterns of perception; outside dealings; literature

Chapter.  11128 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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