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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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‘God was in France all Friday’: incoherence from the inside

‘God was in France all Friday’: incoherence from the inside

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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Mary-Ann Constantine

Gerald Porter

British Academy

This chapter discusses a comparison of the scholarly criteria used to describe ‘nonsense’ with the attitudes of singers, in the mutually related areas of lexical corruption and narrative collapse. The anxiety of corruption and nonsense and narrative collapse in the Child ballads of Nelson Ridley are examined in this chapter. The chapter concludes that incoherence is the state of not being whole or of being ‘not all there’.

Keywords:   scholarly criteria, nonsense, attitudes, lexical corruption, narrative collapse, nonsense collapse, narrative collapse, Child ballads, Nelson Ridley, incoherence

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