This book shows the social context of a ballad tradition and its effects on the literature, and the functions of the literature in the social context. It explores the basic questions about the ballad and the folk through an examination of the ballads and the folk of the regional tradition.
Introduction Part I: The Oral Tradition: The Folk 1. The Land and the People 2. The Agricultural Society 3. The Border Region 4. The Clannit Society Part II: The Oral Tradition: The Ballads 5. Balladry and Oral Poetry 6. The Oral Ballads of Mrs Brown 7. The Substance of the Ballads 8. The Structure of the Ballads I 9. The Structure of the Ballads II 10. The Structure of the Ballads III 11. The Sound of the Ballads 12. The Oral Ballad: A Summing-up Part III: The Tradition in Transition: The Folk 13. The Revolutions 14. The New Society Part IV: The Tradition in Transition: The Ballads 15. The Peter Buchan Controversy 16. The Ballads of James Nicol Part V: The Modern Tradition 17. The Ballads of Bell Robertson 18. The Bothy Ballads 19. Conclusion