Now wenches, listen, and let lovers lie: women's storytelling in Bloomfield and Clare

GOODRIDGE, J., 2003. Now wenches, listen, and let lovers lie: women's storytelling in Bloomfield and Clare. John Clare Society Journal, 22, pp. 77-92.

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Abstract

This essay involves two ‘borders’. The first is the border of gender, between male poet and female subject. The second is a cultural border, much criss-crossed in the early modern period, but still tricky for the nineteenth-century ‘labouring-class’ poets to negotiate: the border between oral and printed culture. If I do not on this occasion cross the river Tweed, I am nevertheless keenly aware here that John Clare’s ‘absent’ grandfather was an itinerant Scottish schoolmaster, and that Scotland itself in the period was, as Hamish Henderson reminds us, the very powerhouse of British balladry and folk culture.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: John Clare Society Journal
Creators: Goodridge, J.
Publisher: John Clare Society
Date: 2003
Volume: 22
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11408

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