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Title: Ancient Greek folksong tradition : begging, work, and ritual song
Author: Genova, Antonio
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 1589
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This dissertation investigates whether and in what sense the concept of folksong can be applied to the ancient Greek texts. The starting point is a new conceptualisation that clarifies that 'folksong' is not a category of form but is a category determined by occasion, use and consumption. In light of this methodological and theoretical framework, some of the texts included in the modern collection of the 'carmina popularia' ('PMG 847-883') are examined. These texts are printed together with a revised critical apparatus, translation, and comparanda. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the conceptual and cultural origins of folklore and folksong and describes the inadequacies of a romantically-inclined approach which considers folk songs according to preconceived contexts of origin and production. To rectify this scholarly bias, a new conceptualisation of folksong is delineated. This conceptualisation defines the genre of folksong not by looking at what types of texts are sung and by whom, but by establishing how certain songs are used and perceived in their performative contexts. In the chapters to follow, this approach and conceptualisation is extended to the specific analysis of some ancient Greek texts included in the 'carmina popularia'. Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 focus on the begging-song (PMG 848) and work-song (PMG 849 and 869) traditions of ancient Greece respectively. Finally, Chapter 4 examines the folkloric status of a series of cult and ritual songs (PMG 847, 851, 854, 860, 862, 864, 868, 870, 871). This dissertation challenges the view of the ancient Greek folksong tradition as a set (or subset) of texts which are to be distinguished a priori from literature and literary texts on the basis of preconceived contexts of origin and composition and absolute criteria of sophistication. On the contrary, it clarifies that the category of folksong depends on how certain texts are used and perceived in their (everyday) contexts of performance.
Supervisor: Avlamis, Pavlos ; Ricks, David Bruce Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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