|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Lucie Duggan Talk
"'This song will teach young Men to wooe, And shew young Maidens what to do': A Quantitative Approach to Ballad Studies"
Song collectors have typically identified two distinct ballad traditions: printed “street” ballads and oral “folk” ballads. In the compilation of his monumental ballad collection The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (ESPB), the nineteenth century scholar F. J. Child privileged the latter as aesthetically superior to the former, establishing a ballad hierarchy that continues to define scholarship in the field today. Furthermore, Child and his contemporaries identified printed and oral songs as belonging to distinct gender spheres, particularly in the case of oral tradition, which became closely associated with women’s voices.
Child’s anthology contains the printed broadside ballads of seventeenth century collections as well as songs gathered from oral sources in the first half of the nineteenth century. It thus represents an opportunity to examine the interaction between printed and oral ballads over a period of roughly 200 years.
In the following talk, I outline a computer-based approach to the analysis of a large-scale ballad corpus. Using a text analysis program, Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC), I examine the content of the ESPB for differences across ballad medium. In an attempt to engage with the question of what happens to a ballad as it moves from print to oral medium, I ask: What, if any, are the differences between printed and oral ballads, and what might these differences have to do with gender?
Lucie Duggan is a Ph.D. student at the Department for the Study of Culture (IKV), University of Southern Denmark, and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English.
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