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From the Publisher"From beginning to end, Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry offers pithy, witty, and productively thought-provoking formulations, along with novel perspectives and unexpected conjunctions of material."
- Angela Esterhammer, The Review of English Studies
"Meeting a book to think with is not an everyday occurrence: Maureen N. McLane's Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry is definitely one. I recommend it to folklorists who find disciplinary history intriguing or who have ever been smitten with the ballad or pondered the oral/written literary divide."
-Mary Ellen Brown, Journal of Folklore Research
"[A] major book on poetry is Maureen N. McLane's Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry. A deeply theoretical book, it is still accessible and even lighthearted. . . . [T]his book . . . has transformed the field and should be required reading....
Aware that poets, antiquarians, ethnographers, linguists, folklorists, and more consider ballads their property, she draws upon all and does an admirable job of sorting among them. Her mastery of her subject and method surface time after time, as when she repeatedly shows how editors produce ballads and yet demonstrates that with ballads "the radical authority of deep, extended, 'authentic' subjectivity" and "the elaborated authority of editorial objectivity" must always be considered together....
She brings to life literary rivalries, such as that between Scott and Hogg, and just to be sure this book cannot be mistaken for an old-fashioned ballad study, she gives in-depth treatment to Mungo Park's "Negro Song," styled an Afro-Scottish border ballad, and to "Cherokee Death Song." The paths she traces with them are too good to spoil by telling you; read the book."
-Paula R. Backscheider, Recent Studies In The Restoration And Eighteenth Century:SEL
"McLane has not only reimagined the study of both ballads and romanticism but has also set a high standard for balancing theoretical sophistication with writerly lucidity."
18th Century Scotland, Jeff Strabone, University of South Florida