"Folkalising" convicts: a "Botany Bay" ballad and its cultural contexts

Garvey, Nathan (2014) "Folkalising" convicts: a "Botany Bay" ballad and its cultural contexts. Journal of Australian Studies, 38 (1). pp. 32-51.

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Abstract

Widespread interest in Australian folklore and folk music began in the 1950s as a response to the international popularity of the folk revival, led principally by American and British artists and organisations. In revising their own folk traditions, Australian scholars looked to the convict era as an important foundation for the bush music that was to follow. Yet, the evidential basis for the oral transmission of convict ballads has been remarkably slim. This essay considers the case of one well-known convict ballad, exploring its evolution through British print culture and its transformation into a folk song in the twentieth century.

Item ID: 59104
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1444-3058
Keywords: Australian folklore, print culture, convict history, popular theatre, ballads
Copyright Information: © Taylor and Francis 2014.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DECRA Fellowship
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 00:24
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 70%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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