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The Routledge Companion to English Folk Performance

Edited by: Peter Harrop , Steve Roud

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367279929
eBook ISBN: 9780429299063
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429299063
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Book description

This broad-based collection of essays is an introduction both to the concerns of contemporary folklore scholarship and to the variety of forms that folk performance has taken throughout English history.

Combining case studies of specific folk practices with discussion of the various different lenses through which they have been viewed since becoming the subject of concerted study in Victorian times, this book builds on the latest work in an ever-growing body of contemporary folklore scholarship. Many of the contributing scholars are also practicing performers and bring experience and understanding of performance to their analyses and critiques. Chapters range across the spectrum of folk song, music, drama and dance, but maintain a focus on the key defining characteristics of folk performance ? custom and tradition ? in a full range of performances, from carol singing and sword dancing to playground rhymes and mummers' plays.

As well as being an essential reference for folklorists and scholars of traditional performance and local history, this is a valuable resource for readers in all disciplines of dance, drama, song and music whose work coincides with English folk traditions.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Towards an anatomy of English customary drama Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Performing calendrical pressures Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Robin Hood folk-performance in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century England Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Alongside the mummers’ plays Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Alderley Mummers’ play Download PDF
Chapter  6:  A performance bestiary Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Performing community Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Boxing Day fancy dress in Wigan Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Merry neets and bridewains Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Sword dancing in England Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From country gardens to British festivals Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The English country dance, Cecil Sharp and authenticity Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Douglas Kennedy and folk dance in English schools Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Fancy footwork Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Expanding a repertoire Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Dancing with tradition Download PDF
Chapter  17:  ‘Sequins, bows and pointed toes’ Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Re-crafting love and murder Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Burlesquing the ballad Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The rise and fall of the west gallery Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The drive for an English identity in music and the foundation of the Folk-Song Society Download PDF
Chapter  22:  ‘No art more dangerous’ – Eve Maxwell-Lyte and folk song Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Creativity versus authenticity in the English folk song revival Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Folk choirs Download PDF
Chapter  25:  ‘Past Performances on Paper’ Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The performers in the playground Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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