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


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This chapter discusses the major conclusions that can be gathered from the previous chapters. It determines that fragments and fragmentary styles are reinvented with each literary generation. For the writers in the early twentieth century, broken forms have been considered as a way to convey absences and emptiness, and even the breakdown of communication. The chapter also shows how the fragment has become an emblem of the discontinuous and rapidly changing nature of the postmodern condition. Stripped down songs, folk-song scholarship, and other important concepts are discussed and reviewed.

Keywords: fragments; fragmentary styles; broken forms; postmodern condition; stripped down songs

Chapter.  2488 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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