Cultural and Social History volume 7, issue 3, P337-353 2010 DOI: 10.2752/147800410x12714191853300 View full text
Katie Barclay

Abstract: The focusing of post-structuralism on broader social discourses has led to the sidelining of the 'author' within cultural history. This article explores authorship and subjectivity in the composition of Scottish balladry -a genre transmitted over generations and collectively composed. It argues that even within texts as seemingly socially created as ballads the voice of individual singers can be heard, highlighting their concerns and subjectivities. This article focuses on songs collected from Scottish ballad…

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