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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional SongFrom the Blues to the Baltic$
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Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262887

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.001.0001

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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Mary-Ann Constantine

Gerald Porter

British Academy

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

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