Western Folklore

Quarterly journal specializing in analysis of regional, national, and international folklore. Also focuses on development and critique of folklore theory.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1/2, Winter/Spring

Comparative Notes on the Performance of Middle English Popular Romance
INTRODUCTIONIn the introduction to the Middle English version of the romance of Partonope of Blois we find a short apology for fiction. The primary function of written texts, the author argues along Augustinian lines, is that of teaching us to live according...
"Ethnopaleography" and Recovered Performance: The Problematic Witnesses to "Eddic Song"
Performance-John Foley's "enabling event of performance" (1995:xiv and passim)-is, more than composition or transmission, probably agreed to be the single most important stage in the life of oral poetry-at least if we take the older supply-side point...
Keens from the Absent Chorus: Troy to Ulster
I.What experimentation is to science, comparison should be to philology-a way to test hypotheses and produce new ones that account for more of the data, more economically. What one chooses to compare, of course, will affect the results. On one end of...
Models of Performance in Oral Epic, Ballad and Song
The five essays and afterword assembled here originally came together as contributions to a conference bearing the same title as this issue, held 23-24, February 2001, at the University of California, Los Angeles, and sponsored by the UCLA Program in...
Performing through the Past: Ethnophilology and Oral Tradition1
They say I'm overrated, musicians really hate itMy name is Run, I'm number one, It's very complicatedIt's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on timeIt's Tricky . . . It's Tricky, Tricky, Tricky, TrickyRun D.M.C.[So I rise up earlyto...
Silence, Ellipsis, and Camouflage in the English-Scottish Popular Ballad
CMW tacent, clamant"While being silent, they shout" (Cicero)One long-term consequence of the historic/geographic method in relation to ballads has been a tacit privileging of longer, more "complete" texts over shorter renditions or so-called fragments....
The Myth of the Anglo-Saxon Oral Poet
Ten years ago Roberta Frank published an article, based on her Toller Lecture for 1992, titled "The Search for the Anglo-Saxon Oral Poet" (Frank 1993). With caustic wit as well as impeccable scholarship, she there points out the extent to which modern-day...
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