Listening For A Life: A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through Her Songs and Stories [NOOK Book]

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In one sense a folklorist's portrayal of a notable folk artist's life and art, Listening for a Life is equally a rethinking of the processes involved in such work, not only in how the folklorist conveys her subject but in how her subject constitutes and performs herself into being through dialogue with others: those present, those once present, those imagined and anticipated.

Drawing on Bahktinian and feminist theory, Sawin pushes forward our understanding of the interactive ...

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Listening For A Life: A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through Her Songs and Stories

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Overview

In one sense a folklorist's portrayal of a notable folk artist's life and art, Listening for a Life is equally a rethinking of the processes involved in such work, not only in how the folklorist conveys her subject but in how her subject constitutes and performs herself into being through dialogue with others: those present, those once present, those imagined and anticipated.

Drawing on Bahktinian and feminist theory, Sawin pushes forward our understanding of the interactive roles of ethnographer and subject and in the process gives us a deeper understanding of folk singer and storyteller Bessie Eldreth and her greatest art, herself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874215007
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 268
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Transcription Conventions xiii
1 Introduction: Dialogism and Subjectivity 1
2 "That was before I ever left home": Complex Accounts of a Simple Childhood 28
3 "If you had to work as hard as I did, it would kill you": Work, Narrative, and Self-Definition 49
4 "I said, 'Don't you do it'": Tracing Development as an Empowered Speaker through Reported Speech in Narrative 68
5 "He never did say anything about my dreams that would worry me after that": Negotiating Gender and Power in Ghost Stories 98
6 "I'm a bad one to go pulling jokes on people": Practical Joking as a Problematic Vehicle for Oppositional Self-Definition 135
7 "My singing is my life": Repertoire and Performance 156
8 Epilogue 211
Notes 214
Works Cited 229
Index 241
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