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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 fringes: the view from the centre

Fragments and fringes: the view from the centre

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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Mary-Ann Constantine

Gerald Porter

British Academy

This chapter discusses the assumption that certain groups — specifically inhabitants of ‘border’ areas — are prone to produce song fragments. It focuses on the act of perception and the material itself. The first section has a brief discussion on the concept of ‘Celtic’, its development and its effects on the study of literature and song. The chapter also presents a case-study that shows how the centre-to-margins pattern of perception evident in ‘outside’ dealings with the Celtic-speaking cultures can recur internally.

Keywords:   song fragments, perception, Celtic, patterns of perception, outside dealings, literature

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