Mudcat Café message #1387181 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77564   Message #1387181
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
24-Jan-05 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Contemporary song in folk music
Subject: RE: Contemporary song in folk music
The important question is NOT "what is the folk repertoire?" (MC's original characterization) but "What will MurkeyChris mean by the term in his dissertation?"

One of his jobs will be to review the literature and present a working definition for the purpose of the dissertation.

Note the two parts: 1) present the most important of the various definitions of folk music that have been floated, 2) present a clear working definition for the purpose of the definition and the reasons for using it. The first part will be descriptive. The second will be prescriptive in a mildly academic sort of way.

How can one answer MC's questions if one does not know what HE means or intends to mean by the terms?