Self and Society: Attitudes towards Incest in Popular Ballads [book chapter]
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Ballads are a great unsung body of texts that hover on the margins of eighteenth-century literary history without quite being acknowledged by modern scholars of the period. But ballads were a crucial cultural phenomenon in eighteenth-century society, a common experience of rich and poor, so embedded in the soundscape as not to be remarked, any more than the air people breathed.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Humanities. Literature Section
A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment
Perry, Ruth (2012). Self and Society: Attitudes towards Incest in Popular Ballads. In Carole Reeves (Ed.). A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment (pp.195-211). Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2010. (Cultural Histories Series; 4)
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