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Scottish Life and Society Volume 10: Oral Literature and Performance Culture
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ISBN:
9780859766791
Categories
History, Scottish Life & Society Series
Imprint
John Donald
Publication Date
18 August 2007
Format
Hardback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
528
Illustrations
108pp b/w plates

Scottish Life and Society Volume 10: Oral Literature and Performance Culture

A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology Volume 10
by John Beech, Owen Hand, Mark Mulhern, Jeremy Weston, Editor(s) - Find out more about the author

SHORTLISTED FOR THE KATHARINE BRIGGS FOLKLORE AWARD

'This extensive volume provides an important insight into the expressive cultural traditions of the Scots' - Ian Russell, Oral History Journal

'An indespensible resource' - Lillis O Laoire, Besprechungen

The cultural motifs that have over the years been gathered together to constitute the National Song Book and National Drama are identified and discussed. In so doing, the role of ’tradition’ in these key aspects of the cultural life of the Scots is thrown into relief. It emerges that tradition and identity are cultural traits which are capable of bearing many meanings. The characterisation of ’tradition’ as the immutable source, unadulterated by human invention is challenged in this volume, and in its place is a recognition of the dynamic nature of many of those cultural forms which are described as ’traditional’.

This volume acts an ethnographic source in its own terms – drawing together details and insights regarding phenomena such as the Folk Revival of the 1950s and the collection and collectors of ’folk’ stories and songs. The impressive range of this volume demonstrates the many ways in which Scots have communicated and continue to communicate with each other regarding the local and national and the communal and the intimate concerns of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
 






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