Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England

"'Hear for your love, and buy for your money': Ballads and Theater as Experiential Commodities"

Fumerton explores how ballads were fragmented both in performance and in their material production, produced and reproduced with changes made to what might seem essential parts—the “woodcuts, texts, and tunes” that “were pulled out, patched in, and peddled at the discretion or whim of authors, printers, and publishers” (“Remembering by Disremebering,” 26). Patricia Fumerton, “Remembering by Dismembering: Databases, Archiving, and the Recollection of Seventeenth Century Broadside Ballads,” in Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800, edited by Patricia Fumerton, Anita Guerrini, with the assistance of Kris McAbee (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), 16.

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