Multiple Authenticities of Folk Songs

Hagmann, Lea Salome; Andres Morrissey, Franz (2019). Multiple Authenticities of Folk Songs (Submitted). In: Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production. Wilmington: Vernon Press

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Authenticity is a multi-layered and highly elusive concept, which seems to change its significance when it is applied to an object, a statement or a situation. In folk songs, the matter is further complicated by the fact that, on the one hand, they can be referred to as objects collected on paper or sound-recordings, i.e. as artefacts, while on the other hand, they also come to life the moment they are being sung, i.e. in performance. In this chapter we discuss folk songs both as artefacts and in performance and evaluate how the concept of ‘authenticity’ changes according to these perspectives. We do so by introducing a concept of multiple authenticities, based on notions by Denis Dutton and Regina Bendix. In the second part, we demonstrate how these insights work in practice with a case study of a folk song complex called Where Are You Going To, Fair Maid? with Roud number 298. We conclude that ‘authenticity’ is a dialogic concept, which becomes ‘in-authentic,’ as soon as its parameters become static.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Linguistics
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

UniBE Contributor:

Hagmann, Lea Salome and Andres Morrissey, Franz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages
700 Arts > 780 Music
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

Publisher:

Vernon Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lea Salome Hagmann

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2019 16:53

Last Modified:

08 Apr 2019 16:53

Uncontrolled Keywords:

multiple authenticities, folk songs, Cornwall, Delkiow Sevy

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129277

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