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MUSA 3340 The Ballad Tradition (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course surveys the English-language ballad traditions of England, Wales, Scottland, Ireland, North America, and Australia. Beginning with the medieval Continental roots of the form, we will consider how the ballad became a popular medium for news, politics, protest, and memorialization. Case studies include Child Ballads, Jacobite songs, emigration and famine songs, Union songs, the Folk Revival, and Celtic Rock.


Instructor(s): Ann Morrison Spinney

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2184

Comments: No musical experience is assumed.
Open to M.A. students for credit.
Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement for English majors
Fulfills study abroad prerequisite in Ireland


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13