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English 231:

Popular Print, Ballad Culture, and the Crawford Collection, 1500-1800


Professor: Patricia Fumerton


Time and Place: Thursdays, 3:30-5:45pm., Early Modern Center (SH 2510)

Office Hours: Fumerton SH 2506, Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 and by appt.


Website for Course: http://english231ballads2014w.pbworks.com/w/page/71171696/FrontPage


This course will study the evolving culture of the most published and most read of literary forms in early modern England: the broadside ballad. The goal is to understand the printed ballad within its changing aesthetic and historical contexts. In each class, we will read a sampling of ballads from the period in light of critical works that address the following topics: definition (what is a ballad?), formal features (paper and ink; woodcut illustrations), production and dissemination (authors, printers/publishers, and peddlers/chapmen), orality (music and performance), collectors and collecting processes (with a focus on the Crawford collection), and making a digital ballad archive. The course will be in many ways "hands on." We will make paper as it was made in the 16th and 17th centuries at the UCSB Art Studio, work a printing press at UC-Riverside,  handle original broadside ballads and woodcuts at the Huntington Library, and both transcribe and make facsimile transcriptions for the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) in the EMC.



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