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Author Sawin, Patricia.

Title Listening for a life : a dialogic ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through her songs and stories / Patricia Sawin
Published Logan : Utah State University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 254 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introduction : dialogism and subjectivity -- "That was before I ever left home" : complex accounts of a simple childhood -- "If you had to work as hard as I did, it would kill you" : work, narrative, and self-definition -- "I said, 'don't you do it'" : tracing development as an empowered speaker through reported speech in narrative -- "He never did say anything about my dreams that would worry me after that" : negotiating gender and power in ghost stories -- "I'm a bad one to go pulling jokes on people" : practical joking as a problematic vehicle for oppositional self-definition -- "My singing is my life" : repertoire and performance -- Epilogue
Summary "In one sense a folklorist's portrayal of a folk artist's life and art, Listening for a Life is equally a rethinking of the processes involved in such work, not only in how the folklorist conveys her subject but in how her subject constitutes and performs herself into being through dialogue with others: those present, those once present, those imagined and anticipated. Drawing on Bahktinian and feminist theory, Sawin pushes forward our understanding of the interactive roles of ethnographer and subject and in the process gives us a deeper understanding of folk singer and storyteller Bessie Eldreth and her greatest art, herself."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-240) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Eldreth, Bessie Mae, 1913-
Eldreth, Bessie Mae, 1913- -- Interviews.
Folk music -- Appalachian Region.
Folk singers -- Appalachian Region -- Biography.
Folklore -- Appalachian Region.
Women folklorists -- Appalachian Region -- Biography.
Women storytellers -- Appalachian Region -- Biography.
Appalachian Region -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004004974
ISBN 0874215005 (electronic bk.)
9780874215007 (electronic bk.)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)