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Romancing the Romance: Perceptions (and Boundaries) of the Judeo-Spanish Ballad

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
In: 
Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context
Publisher: 
UCLA
Place of Publication: 
Los Angeles
Year: 
1995
Pages: 
209-217
Languages: 
English
Country / Area: 
Spain
Description: 

During the past decade or so, the Judeo-Spanish romance has enjoyed a rise in popularity. Throughout this period there have been discrepancies between the approaches of performers and scholars, an occurrence by no means peculiar to Judeo-Spanish song, but one that is potentially instructive. Beside the obvious question of style and performance practice, a major discrepancy has been the degree of importance ascribed to the romance as compared to other genres by scholars, performers, and tradition-bearers. Another is the way the romance itself is defined by these groups. Perceptions among the three groups are examined, exploring the question of whether the romance still functions as a symbol of the ballad genre and, by extension, of the culture and people it represents. If so, it is possible that is has become a more important symbol to scholars and performers than to tradition-bearers.

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