Synopses & Reviews
Oral and Literate Culture in England explores the rich oral culture of early modern England. It focuses upon dialect speech and proverbial wisdom, "old wives' tales" and children's lore, historical legends and local customs, scurrilous versifying and scandalous rumor-mongering. Adam Fox demonstrates the extent to which this vernacular world was fundamentally structured by written and printed sources over the course of the period.
This work explores the varied vernacular forms and rich oral traditions which were such a part of popular culture in early modern England. It focuses particularly upon dialect speech and proverbial wisdom; "old wives'tales" and children's lore, historical legends and local customs.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Oral and the Literate
71. Popular Speech
2. Proverbial Wisdom
3. Old Wives' Tales and Nursery Lore
4. The Historical Imagination
5. Local Custom, Memory, and Record
6. Ballads and Libels
7. Rumour and News