Listening for a Life

A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through Her Songs and Stories

by Patricia Sawin

Winner of the 2004 Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize, American Folklore Society


In one sense a folklorist's portrayal of a notable 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.

2004 Elli KÇŸ¶ôngÇŸ¶Ïs-Maranda Prize

 

Patricia Sawin is the director of Graduate Studies and an associated professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $21.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-582-3
  • Ebook Price: $17.95
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-500-7
  • Publication Year: 2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Patricia Sawin
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-582-3