|SES #||READINGS||READING QUESTIONS||KEY DATES|
|Unit One: Anglo-Scottish Ballads and Sources of the Traditions|
Thoms, William. "Folklore." In The Atheneum. (August 22, 1846). Reprinted in Journal of Folklore Research 33, no. 3 (1996).
Muir, Willa. "Children's Singing Games," and "Singing and Listening to Oral Poetry." In Living with Ballads. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1965, pp. 13-53.
Gerould, Gordon Hall. "The Nature of Ballads." In The Ballad of Tradition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1957, pp. 1-14.
Muir, Willa. "Ballad Background II," "The Northern Scottish Background," and "Story Material." In Living with Ballads. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1965, pp. 71-107.
|(PDF)||Ballad performances by Craig-Morgan-Robson|
Gerould, Gordon Hall. "Ballad Characteristics," and "Ballad as a Record of the Past." In The Ballad of Tradition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1957, pp. 84-162.
Pound, Louise. "Audience and Authorship as Mirrored in the Ballads." In Poetic Origins and the Ballad. New York, NY: Macmillan Company, 1921, pp. 95-106.
Sharp, Cecil. "Introduction," "Origin," "Evolution," "The Modes," and "English Folk Scales." In English Folk Song: Some Conclusions. Wakefield, UK: E. P. Publishing, 1977, pp. xix-xxv, 21-41, and 47-91. ISBN: 9780854099290.
Abrahams, Roger. "The Nature of Folk Tunes." In Anglo-American Folksong Style. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968, pp. 151-164.
Barlow, Jeremy. Playford: Dancing Master. London, UK: Faber Music, 1985, preface.
Addison, Joseph. "The Spectator." Journal of Folklore Research, no. 70, 74, and 85: 181-191.
MacDowell, Paula. The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1998, pp. 58-62 and 81-91.
———. "'The Genuine Ballads of the People': F. J. Child and the Ballad Cause." Journal of Folklore Research 31 (1994): 1-27.
Child, Francis James. "Ballad Books," and "Appendix." The Nation (1858): 30-34.
|Look over Volume I of Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Choose a ballad to work on and bring it to class.|
Pound, Louise. "Ballads and Literature." In Poetic Origins and the Ballad. New York, NY: Macmillan Company, 1921, pp. 106-137.
|Unit Two: The Fiddle and the Dance|
Ruckert, George. "The Cape Breton Fiddling Tradition." 2005.
|Ballad paper due|
Jenoure, Theresa. "The African-American Fiddler." Views on Black American Music 2 (1984-85): 55-61. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.
|Unit Three: Toward the Great Confluence|
|11||Epstein, Dena. Sinful Tunes and Spirituals. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003, pp. 30-99, 112-124, and 161-190. ISBN: 9780252071508. (Excerpts.)||(PDF)||Performance by Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, ballad singers|
Nathan, Hans. "The Performance of the Virginia Minstrels." In Inside the Minstrel Mask. Edited by Annemarie Bean, James V. Hatch, and Brooks McNamara. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1996, pp. 35-42. ISBN: 9780819563002.
Winans, Robert B. "Early Minstrel Show Music." In Inside the Minstrel Mask. Edited by Annemarie Bean, James V. Hatch, and Brooks McNamara. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1996, pp. 141-162. ISBN: 9780819563002.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. "The Madcap Days." In Little Town on the Prairie. 1941, pp. 252-262.
|(PDF)||Film Viewing: Serrano, Angel, and Alvaro Toepke. The Language You Cry In. 1998.|
|13||(PDF)||Ballad paper revision due|
|14||Epstein, Dena. "Emergence of Black Folk Music - Slave Songs." In Sinful Tunes and Spirituals. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003, pp. 241-342. ISBN: 9780252071508.||Fiddle presentation by Alan Jabbour|
Williams, Sherley Anne. "Meditations on History."
Radano, Ronald. "Denoting Difference: The Writing of Slave Spirituals." Critical Inquiry 22 (1996): 506-44.
|Performance by Brian Peters, ballad singer|
|Unit Four: Music in Appalachia|
|16||Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1988, pp. 3-94. ISBN: 9780813116792.||(PDF)|
|17||Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1988, pp. 95-256. ISBN: 9780813116792.||(PDF)|
|18||Whisnant, David. "Hit Sounds Reasonable." In All that is Native and Fine. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1984, pp. 3-102. ISBN: 9780807815618.||(PDF)|
|19||Whisnant, David. "All that is Native and Fine." In All that is Native and Fine. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1984, pp. 103-180. ISBN: 9780807815618. Also skim "The White Top Festival." pp. 183-252.||
Fiddle paper due
Performance and talk by Jeff Warner: Collecting in North Carolina
No class meeting today
Recommended film viewing: Greenwald, Maggie. Songcatcher. 2000.
Cohen, Anne and Norm. "Folk and Hillbilly Music: Further Thoughts on Their Relation." JEMF Quarterly 13 (1977): 50-57.
Goldstein, Kenneth S. "The Impact of Recording Technology on the British Folksong Revival." In Folk Music and Modern Sound. Edited by William Ferris and Mary L. Hart. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1982, pp. 3-13. ISBN: 9780878051571.
Eacker, Susan A., and Geoff. "A Banjo on Her Knee - Part I: Appalachian Women and America's First Instrument." Old-time Herald 8, no. 2.
|Unit Five: The Lomax Legacy|
Walker, Alice. "Nineteen Fifty-five."
|25-26||Presentation of class music projects|