Oral literature and Performance Culture (Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol 10)

Mark Mulhern (Editor)

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Abstract

The cultural motifs that have over the years been gathered together to constitute the National Song Book and National Drama are identified and discussed. In so doing, the role of ’tradition’ in these key aspects of the cultural life of the Scots is thrown into relief. It emerges that tradition and identity are cultural traits which are capable of bearing many meanings. The characterisation of ’tradition’ as the immutable source, unadulterated by human invention is challenged in this volume, and in its place is a recognition of the dynamic nature of many of those cultural forms which are described as ’traditional’.

This volume acts an ethnographic source in its own terms – drawing together details and insights regarding phenomena such as the Folk Revival of the 1950s and the collection and collectors of ’folk’ stories and songs. The impressive range of this volume demonstrates the many ways in which Scots have communicated and continue to communicate with each other regarding the local and national and the communal and the intimate concerns of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherBilinn
Number of pages616
Volume10
ISBN (Print)978 0 85976 679 1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • tradition
  • performance
  • ethnology
  • Anthropology
  • music
  • drama

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