21L.423J / 21M.223J Introduction to Anglo-American Folk Music

Fall 2005

Photograph of a banjo.
A banjo. (Image courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.)

Course Highlights

This course features readings and related resources.

Course Description

This course examines the production, transmission, preservation and qualities of folk music in the British Isles and North America from the 18th century to the folk revival of the 1960s and the present. There is a special emphasis on balladry, fiddle styles, and African-American influences. The class sings ballads and folk songs from the Child and Lomax collections as well as other sources as we examine them from literary, historical, and musical points of view. Readings supply critical and background materials from a number of sources. Visitors and films bring additional perspectives.
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Prof. Ruth Perry
Prof. George Ruckert

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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