Reference : Who Poisoned 'la Marquise'? Tradition versus History
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Who Poisoned 'la Marquise'? Tradition versus History
Peere, Isabelle mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > HEC-Ecole de gestion de l'ULg : UER > UER Langues >]
36th International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung (sous l'égide de la Société internationale d'ethnologie et de folklore)
du 3 avril au 7 avril 2006
Deutsches Volksliedarchiv
Freiburg im Breisgau
[en] tradition, history, le Roi a fait battre tambour,
[en] This study analyses the „story“ of the ballad of 'La Marquise empoisonnée' over time and space - from its earliest record (1841) to its presence in the repertoires of contemporary youth songsters and revival singers, and from its native France to French-America.
While textual stability/variation helps define the song’s emotional core, the told/untold parts of the tale reveal the space open to individual performative as well as interpretive (re)creation. In the light of this textual data – the only (poetic) context available for the song – manifesting stock characterization, impersonal narrative perspective, vivid dramatization, sparse idiom, etc. – the contention is that the song’s persistence across both sides of the Atlantic owes as much to the traditional process that shaped it as Volkslied as to its possible historical background or literary/semi-literary origin.
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