Academic journal article Ethnologies

Anna Kearney Guigne. Maud Karpeles (1885-1976): A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork 1929, 1930

Academic journal article Ethnologies

Anna Kearney Guigne. Maud Karpeles (1885-1976): A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork 1929, 1930

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Anna Kearney Guigne. Maud Karpeles (1885-1976): A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork 1929, 1930. (St. John's, NL: 2012, Research Centre for Music Media and Place, Memorial University in association with the International Council for Traditional Music. Pp. 18. http://www.mun.ca/mmap/publications/karpeles/)

Maud Karpeles (1885-1976): A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork 1929, 1930 documents Maud Karpeles' Newfoundland folksong collection trips in 1929 and 1930. Karpeles was mentored by Cecil Sharp and notably wrote his biography. She was well respected in her own right, receiving the Order of the British Empire, as well as an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. This book accompanied an exhibit by the same title that coincided with a conference held by the International Council for Traditional Music in St. John's, Newfoundland in 2011. The book draws extensively on archival holdings, including field journals from the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive.

The text is written by Anna Kearney Guigne, who has extensive knowledge of the history of folksong collection in Newfoundland (see Guigne 2008), and this is clear throughout this well-researched and accessible publication. My only reservation about the book is an aesthetic one. In an attempt to give an archival feel to the publication, there are layered texts and a number of contrasting colours and images. This detracts from the text at times, but no doubt tied into a very effective display; unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to see the exhibit that this small book was originally designed to accompany. …

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