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The Flowering Thorn: International Ballad Studies
The flowering thorn expresses the dual nature of the ballad: at once a distinctive expression of European tradition, but also somewhat tricky to approach from a scholarly perspective, requiring a range of disciplines to illuminate its rich composition. Most of this latter quality has to do with the very features that characterize ballads... or narrative songs. These ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Utah State University Press
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“The Flowering Thorn attempts to illustrate the broad range of topics within the field of ballad studies. These topics are multidisciplinary in nature using folklore, history, literary, and ethnological sources as well as a variety of different methodologies based upon various theoretical backgrounds. In order to connect all of these topics, a very broad definition of a ballad has been adopted, simply a narrative song. These narrative songs may appear fragmented or may be quite complex. They may ...more