This critical edition of Scott's Minstrelsy presents a seminal 19th-century work for a 21st-century audience This 3-volume edition of Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-3) presents nearly 100 poems and songs, many of them containing fascinating narratives of death, murder and abductions. It also includes his extended essays on history and the supernatural, in which Scott gives the background to the ballad narratives opening up a window into the life of the Scottish Borders around 1800. The Edinburgh edition presents Scott's original text in a new critical way and tells the stories behind the stories, naming the sources and singers, identifying places and bringing alive the cultural background. For the first time, the extraordinary vitality of the Scottish culture and narratives in the Borders is brought to light through the publication of this iconic text in Scotland's cultural memory. Volume 1 of the Edition of the Minstrelsy presents the Complete First Edition of 1802; Volume 2 presents the Second Edition (1803) and Later Editions (1806, 1810, 1812) while Volume 3 contains Scott's 1830 essays on the Minstrelsy and accompanying explanatory Sources and Commentary together with a Glossary, Bibliographies and Index. Key Features * Presents the first complete modern critical edition of Scott's ballads and songs * Provides insight into the oral and the literate culture of Scotland at a critical point of transition between the two* Reveals the roots of Scott's impact on Romantic perceptions and on the creation of an imagined Scotland* Shows that Scott's development of the Minstrelsy from 1802 to 1830 was the crucial link to his poetry and novels * Settles the question of authenticity: identifies the relationship of Scott's published versions of each ballad to the sources and parallels available to Scott, mainly in manuscriptFrom the Publisher:
This critical edition of Scott's Minstrelsy presents a seminal 19th-century work for a 21st-century audience The third volume in this three volume set fully contextualises the Minstrelsy in discussing the 1830 edition. It includes an introductory essay on popular poetry and on various collections of ballads of Britain, particularly those of Scotland, and an essay on the ancient ballad. This volume places Scott's Minstrelsy text within the broad framework of traditional ballad studies and contemporary compositions. The ballads are printed in full (with music where available) from MS 877, MS 893 and other manuscripts, chap-books, letters and books available to Scott with contextual commentary provided for each ballad as appropriate. The first part of the commentary comprises a literary discussion of Scott's choice of text followed by a discussion of oral traditions, including the singer and the Sitz-im-Leben.
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