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SCOTNOTES Study Guides


Sarah M. Dunnigan

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2005
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-66-7

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The ballad is rooted deeply in Scottish popular culture; dramatic in nature, they often centre on moments of intense conflict and are marked by violence, ranging over themes such as vengeance, murder, supernatural encounters, and treachery in love.

Sarah Dunnigan’s Scotnote discusses a number of the most accessible ballads, exploring Scotland’s ballad traditions, their historical roots and their cultural interpretations, for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Prelude
  • Introduction
  • Ballad form, structure and style
  • The drama of the past: telling history through ballads
  • The worlds of the supernatural
  • Ballad women: female singers, characters and stories
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • List of ballads discussed


Last updated 21 October 2010.