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Listening for a life: a dialogic ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through her songs and stories




Sawin, Patricia, author
Utah State University Press, publisher

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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.--Book jacket.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Access is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western Colorado University communities only.


Women folklorists -- Appalachian Region -- Biography
Women storytellers -- Appalachian Region -- Biography
Folk singers -- Appalachian Region -- Biography
Folklore -- Appalachian Region
Folk music -- Appalachian Region
Appalachian Region -- Social life and customs
Eldreth, Bessie Mae, 1913-
Eldreth, Bessie Mae, 1913- -- Interviews


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