Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry by Maureen N. McLaneBalladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry by Maureen N. McLane

Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry

byMaureen N. McLane

Paperback | July 14, 2011

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This history and theory of British poetry between 1760 and 1830 was originally published in 2008, and focuses on the relationship between Romantic poetry and the production, circulation and textuality of ballads. By discussing the ways in which eighteenth-century cultural and literary researches flowed into and shaped key canonical works, Maureen McLane argues that romantic poetry's influences went far beyond the merely literary. Breathing life into the work of eighteenth-century balladeers and antiquarians, she addresses the revival of the ballad, the figure of the minstrel, and the prevalence of a 'minstrelsy complex' in romanticism. Furthermore, she envisages a new way of engaging with romantic poetics, encompassing both 'oral' and 'literary' modes of poetic construction, and anticipates the role that technology might play in a media-driven twenty-first century. The study will be of great interest to scholars and students of Romantic poetry, literature and culture.
Title:Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:July 14, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521349508

ISBN - 13:9780521349505

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dating orality, thinking balladry: of minstrels and milkmaids in 1771; 2. How to do things with ballads: fieldwork and the archive in late-eighteenth-century Britain; 3. Tuning the multi-media nation: minstrelsy of the Afro-Scottish border; 4. How to do things with minstrels: poetry and historicity; 5. Minstrelsy, or, Romantic poetry; 6. Seven types of poetic authority circa 1800; 7. British Romantic mediality and beyond: reflections on the fate of 'orality'; Conclusion. Thirteen (or more) ways of looking at a black bird: or, poiesis unbound.

Editorial Reviews

"McLane has not only reimagined the study of both ballads and romanticism but has also set a high standard for balancing theoretical sophistication with writerly lucidity."
18th Century Scotland, Jeff Strabone, University of South Florida