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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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Singing the unspeakable

Singing the unspeakable

(p.52) (p.53) 2 Singing the unspeakable
Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Mary-Ann Constantine

Gerald Porter

British Academy

This chapter discusses narratives, which give coherence to the chaos of experience. The chapter begins by studying the gapped narrative, where cannibalism became a recurring theme of English songs and broadsides during the nineteenth century. Plotless narratives and the other Child ballads are examined in the latter portion of the chapter.

Keywords:   narratives, gapped narrative, cannibalism, English songs, broadsides, plotless narratives, Child ballads

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