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Bibliography and Recommended Reading

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Bibliography/Recommended Reading (by Subject):


Note: For cohesiveness, this list also includes readings from our current syllabus:


Print Culture Generally


Adrian Jones, “Introduction” and chapter 2, “Literatory Life: The Culture and Credibility of the Printed Book in Early Modern London,” in The Nature of the Book, pp. 1-74; 74-136, 136-86 (in EMC).


Murphy, Kevin D. and Sally O’Driscoll, Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print, ed. Kevin D. Murphy and Sally O'Driscoll (Buchnell, 2013).


Brooks, Douglas A., ed., Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England, ed. Douglas A. Brooks (Ashgate, 2005).


Ballads Generally


M. H. Abrams, “Ballad,” in A Glossary of Literary Terms (Thomson Wadsworth, 2005), pp. 18-20.


Adam Fox, “Ballads, Libels, and Popular Ridicule in Jacobean England, “ Past and Present 145 (1994): 47-83; also chapter on “Ballads and Libels,” in Oral and Literate Culture in England, 1500-1700 (Oxford, 2000) (in EMC).


Patricia Fumerton, ed., Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings (forthcoming Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies); includes background essays on ballad culture and printing as well as ballad form and music, relevant to topics below. All essays can be found in EBBA at http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/page/ballad-culture.


----- and Anita Guerrini, eds., with the assistance of Kris McAbee, Broadsides and Ballads in Britain, 1500-1800 (Ashgate, 2010); collection of essays on definition and collection of ballads as well as on popular ballad subjects (strange news, crime, print, border crossings) (in EMC).


Eric Nebeker, The Broadside Ballad and English Literary History, 1540-1700 (PhD Dissertation, UCSB, September 2009).


Leslie Shepard, The Broadside Ballad: A Study in Origins and Meaning (London: Herbert Jenkins, 1962).


Hyder E. Rollins, “The Black-Letter Broadside Ballad,” PMLA, 34, no. 2 (1919): 258-339.


Tessa Watt, Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 155-1640 (Cambridge, 1991), pp. 11-127, 257-95.


Formal Features: Ballad Measure


M. H. Abrams, “Ballad,” in A Glossary of Literary Terms (Thomson Wadsworth, 2005), pp. 18-20


Formal Features: Black Letter


Stanley Morrison, 'Black-Letter' Text (Cambridge, 1942).


Sabrina Alcorn Baron, “Red Ink and Black Letter: Reading Early Modern Authority,” in The Reader Revealed, ed. Sabrina Alcorn Baron, with Elizabeth Walsh and Susan Scola, (Folger, 2001), pp. 19-30.


Charles C. Mish, “Black Letter as a Social Discriminant in the Seventeenth Century,” PMLA 68 (1953): 627-30.


Keith Thomas, “The Meaning of Literacy in Early Modern England,” in The Written Word: Literacy in Transition, ed. Gerd Baumann (Oxford, 1986), pp. 97-131.


Zachary Lesser, 'Typographic Nostalgia: Playreading, Popularity and the Meanings of Black Letter', in The Book of the Play: Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England, edited by Marta Straznicky, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), 99-126.


Angela McShane, Political Broadside Ballads of Seventeenth Century England: A Critical Bibliography (Pickering & Chatto, 2011).


Joseph Dane and Svetlana Djananova, “The Typographical Gothic: A Cautionary Note on the Title Page to Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry,” Eighteenth-Century Life, 29:3 (2005): 76-97.


Joseph Donatelli, ‘"To Hear with Eyes": Orality, Print Culture, and the Textuality of Ballads’, in Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context, edited by James Porter, (Los Angeles: Department of Ethnomusicology & Systematic Musicology, UCLA, 1995). 347-357.


Formal Features: Woodcuts


Watt on Illustrations, Cheap Print, pp. 131-216.


Mark Booth, “Broadside: ‘Description of a Strange Fish,” from his The Experience of Songs, pp. 97-113.


Patricia Fumerton, Carl Stahmer, Kris McAbee, and Megan Palmer Browne, “Vexed Impressions: Toward a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations,” forthcoming, Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, ed. Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies.


William M. Ivins, Jr., How Print Looks (Beacon Press, 1988), pp. 124-37.


James A. Knapp, “The Bastard Art: Woodcut Illustration in Sixteenth-Century England,” in Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England, ed. Douglas A. Brooks (Ashgate, 2005), pp. 151-72 (Paddy owns a copy).


Alexandra Franklin, “The Art of Illustration in Bodleian Broadside Ballads before 1820,” The Bodleian Library Record, 17, no. 5 (2002): 327-52.


Ballad Circulation: Authors/ Printers and Publishers/ Peddlers and Chapmen


Cyprian Blagden, 'Notes on the Ballad Market in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century', Studies in Bibliography, 6 (1954), 161-180.


Patricia Fumerton, “Remembering by Dismembering: Databases, Archiving, and the Recollection of Seventeenth-Century Broadside Ballads,” Early Modern Literary Studies (EMLS) 14.2, special Issue 17 (September), ed. Shawn Martin, http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/14-2/Fumerrem.html; also in Ballads and Broadsides in Britain.


Tessa Watt, 'Publisher, Pedlar, Pot-Poet: The Changing Character of the Broadside Trade, 1550-1640', in Spreading the Word: the Distribution Networks of Print, 1550-1850, edited by Robin Myers and Michael Harris (Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies,1990), 61-81.

Tessa Watt, Cheap Print, pp. 11-57, 74-86.


Natascha Wurzbach, “Literary and Social Conditions for the Rise, Distribution and Textual Structure of the Street Ballad,” in Rise of the English Street Ballad, esp. pp. 1-27 (in EMC).


Robert S. Thompson, “Introduction,” “The Broadside Ballad Printer” (Part I, chaps. 1-2) and also “The Transmission of Ballads” (Part II, chap. 1), in “The Development of the Broadside Ballad Trade and its Influence upon the Transmission of English Folksongs” (Ph.D. Dissertation, Queens’ College, 1974), pp. 5-80 (Reader) and 169-91 (in EMC).


William St. Clair, 'At the Boundaries of the Reading Nation,' Chapter 17 in The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 339-356; Appendix 4: 'Intellectual Property. Popular Literature, England', 499-505; also Chapter 8 “Shakespeare,” pp. l40-157 (in EMC).


Orality: Music and Performance


Christopher Marsh, Music and Society in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2010), chapters 5 and 6 (in EMC).


Claude M. Simpson, The Broadside Ballad and Its Music (Rutgers, 1966) (in EMC).


Bruce R. Smith, “Ballads Within, Around, Among, Of, Upon, Against, Within,” in The Accoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor (Chicago, 1999), pp. 168-205 (in EMC).


Audience and Attitudes to Ballads


Patricia Fumerton, “Not Home: Alehouses, Ballads, and the Vagrant Husband in Early Modern England,” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 32.3 (Fall), Special Issue: “Renaissance Materialities,” ed. Maureen Quilligan, pp. 493-518.


Garret Sullivan and Linda Woodbridge, “Popular Culture in Print,” in The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500-1600, ed. Arthur Kinney, pp. 264-86.


Margaret Spufford, “Elementary Education and the Acquisition of Reading Skills,” from her Small Books and Pleasant Histories: Popular Fiction and Its Readership in Seventeenth-Century England, pp. 19-43 (in EMC).


Henry Chettle, “The Friendly Admonition of Anthonie Now now,” in his Kind-Hartes Dreame (1592), pp. 15-23.


Robert S. Thompson, “The Transmission of Ballads” (Part II, chap. 1), in “The Development of the Broadside Ballad Trade and its Influence upon the Transmission of English Folksongs” (Ph.D. Dissertation, Queens’ College, 1974), pp. 169-91 (in EMC).


Natascha Wurzbach, “Reputation of the Street Ballad,” in Rise of the English Street Ballad, pp. 242-52 (in EMC).




Patricia Fumerton, “Collectors, Consumers, and the Making of Seventeenth-Century English Ballad Publics: From Networks to Spheres,” forthcoming in Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe, ed. Paul Yachnin (University of Massachusetts Press).


John Winter Jones, Principal Librarian of the British Museum, “The Roxburghe Ballads,” North British Review, 6 (1846): 25-58.


Richard Luckett, Introduction, “The Collection: Origins and History,” in Vol. II: Ballads, ii: Indexes, Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College Cambridge, compiled by Helen Weinstein (Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer, 1994), pp. xi-xxi.

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