Featuring more than 80 illustrations and easy access to related music files, this magisterial work argues that a ballad cannot be read as a fixed artifact, independent of its illustrations, tune, and movement across time and space.
Patricia Fumerton is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is the founder and director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive.
"Drawing on formidable experience with gathering, editing, teaching, thinking about, and writing about ballads, Patricia Fumerton has produced a comprehensive synthesis of all the scholarly work on broadsides that has been done to date. Her book will be the starting point for all future research on the subject."—Bruce R. Smith, University of Southern California