- Title Pages
- Text I
- Text II
- I Centaur-songs: Romanticism and broken forms
- Text III
- 2 Singing the unspeakable
- Text IV
- 3 ‘God was in France all Friday’: incoherence from the inside
- Text V
- 4 Sea-changes: minimal texts as regenerative forms
- Text VI
- 5 Forgetting as in(ter)vention: memory and context in very short songs
- Text VII*
- 6 Beating time: resistance and the subaltern voice in prison work songs
- Text VIII
- 7 Fragments and fringes: the view from the centre
- Text IX*
- 8 The intertextuality of the song fragment
- Text X*
- Text XI
- Intertexts: contexts
- Works cited
- Index of songs
- General index
- (p.2) (p.3) Introduction
- Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song
- British Academy
This introductory chapter discusses fragments of song, which is the main topic of the book. It defines fragments of song, and examines folk-song scholarship and the full narrative. The concept of the dislocated text is covered in one section of the chapter. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the folk-song scholarship and the minimal narrative.
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