I took notes at this session and transferred them onto my blog. So I guess that means it is retroactively live blogged.
“A Ghost Story” by Butler
interest in how folklore happens
Speaker is a ghost in a metaphysical way.
American culture swallows up the narrator.
Speaker thinks this IS a ghost.
Literature acting for contemporary folklore.
cognitive poetics blending with theory
“You” What does it equal?
speech and text -> emergent structure is a voice
emergent blend = someone is talking to me
precompiled blend when we look at our watch
sentence does not stand on its own
The title is linked to that.
“A Ghost Story” What does that mean? The story of a ghost? A story told by a ghost? Both?
true story, I was there, but I was eaten up
requires a knowledge scheme of ghosts
The ghost is outside the page telling the reader a ghost story.
from Houston Baptist University
PhD from UofH
topic: “Folklore in Hawthorne”
Tales and sketches of Hawthorne focus a great deal on the folklore.
Before The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne had already written and published hundred stories.
set in governor’s mansion in Boston
elderly gentleman sitting around
ghosts of ancient governor’s
“Legends of the Province House”
“Edward Randolph’s Picture”
painting said to be a portrait of the devil taken at a coven meeting
an ancient picture, the frame of which was as black as ebony, and the canvass itself so dark with age, damp, and smoke, that not a touch of the painter’s art could be discerned. Time had thrown an impenetrable veil over it, and left to tradition, and fable, and conjecture, to say what had once been there portrayed.
an heir-loom in the Province-House from time immemorial. As to the painter, I can tell you nothing; but, if half the stories told of it be true, not one of the great Italian masters has ever produced so marvellous a piece of work, as that before you.
One of the wildest, and at the same time the best accredited accounts, stated it to be an original and authentic portrait of the Evil One, taken at a witch meeting near Salem; and that its strong and terrible resemblance had been confirmed by several of the confessing wizards and witches, at their trial, in open court. It was likewise affirmed that a familiar spirit, or demon, abode behind the blackness of the picture, and had shown himself, at seasons of public calamity, to more than one of the royal governors.
“History has its truth; legends have their own.” Drake
suggested heroic luster that can be given to history
mantle carries smallpox
Your life has been preserved while the world has changed around you.
Crystal Hills- source of mineral treasures
belief in a giant jewel lost in the mountains
“The Great Carbuncle” story of eight treasure hunters
“Great Stone Face” 5 ledges
in 1986 this was vandalized
in 2000 the Great Stone Face appeared on quarter
2000 the Great Stone Face collapsed
Hawthorne was a story teller.
A story communicates intelligence and wisdom.
Hawthorne did not think his folkloric stories were significant.
Think they were.
folklore of Galacia involves Ireland
pilgrimage route is in Galicia (St James of Compostella)
archaeological findings indicate Celtic in the 1st millenium BC
Celtic Iberians pre-3rd C BC
Franco was Galician but trying to homogenize Spain.
Cipriano Terre Enciso (1902-1992)
Gallego (Galician language)
music = lyrics and dance
bagpipes, drum, and tambourine, sea shells, flutes
alive and optimistic in celebrations
Alala = most ancient song – beginning of Ole?
alborada = sunrise – early morning parade
Celtic chant to the sun
aturuxo = scream out in middle of singing and dancing
remnant of yelling before nocturnal trips
Maios = literal connection to Celts
Cantas de reis
Pandeirada = song of tambourine
lyric and dance
3 lines, 1 & 3 rhyme, 2 free
3rd relates to next line
Muineira = mill dance
always played with bagpipe intro
sacred dance of Druids?
Strabo 3rd book, 3rd chapter
Men start dancing, jumping up and falling on knees, 1st C BC
but no mention of bagpipes
The lyrics are being lost now.
Copla = poem wiht four verses, different rhythms and meters
Regueifa = 2 competing groups
dueling singers, singing copla
Cancion de Berce = lullaby
This version has words and instruments.
So does this one.
Maybe I was wrong about what she said? Or they have changed the traditional way of doing it.
lots of humor
Gallego people are joking all the time
13th C Cantigas de Maria
video documentary about the Cantigas de Maria