Studies in Renaissance Literature: Sequels and Series – Publishing "The Making of a Broadside Ballad"

Course Number: ENGL 231
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 231
Quarter: Fall 2014
Instructor: Fumerton, Patricia
Day(s): F
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: SH 2510
Description:

This course is designed as a sequel or extension of the course I taught last year in Winter '14 on early modern ballad culture and popular print. As the students and I explored making ballads in all their materiality, from ourselves making paper broadside sheets in UCSB's Art Studio, to learning the distinctive tricks that go into ballad writing, to fitting tunes to such texts (with the help of EBBA's ethnomusicologists), to setting type and printing our own self-created ballads on our own self-created paper at the UC-Riverside Print Shop, the entire class (instructor included) underwent a radical discovery. In a major way we came to understand that so much that is involved in the "making" of a printed artifact--especially of a single ballad sheet of printed, illustrated, and (as indicated in the printed tune title) sung text--influences our perception of what ballads "are" and how they would have been received in their own time. So much did our "makings" change our "interpretations," that we realized we had in a fresh and important way redefined the methods of research on print and material culture. We thus decided to publish our discoveries in a six-issue special series of the Early Modern Center's *emcImprint* (a new refereed, online journal produced by the EMC). Co-editing these special issues with myself are Professor Andrew Griffin and Dr. Carl Stahmer (EBBA Associate Director).

Any grad who did not take the foundational course in Winter '14 which led to this publication course is welcome on board, and can enroll in the class. Newcomers must recognize that they will be enfolded into a project whose trajectory has already been determined; however, they will be given the opportunity to take on roles in the publication series with which they are comfortable and also to draw on their own expertise and interests as they fit the needs of this project.