"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: 32-51. doi:10.1080/14443058.2013.849278

Author Garvey, Nathan
Title "Folkalising" convicts: a "Botany Bay" ballad and its cultural contexts
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-3058
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2013.849278
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 32
End page 51
Total pages 20
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1202 History
3316 Cultural Studies
3312 Sociology and Political Science
1208 Literature and Literary Theory
3320 Political Science and International Relations
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.
Keyword Australian folklore
Convict history
Popular theatre
Print culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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