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10/29/2004 Professor of folklore to give presentation at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Dianne Dugaw, professor of English and folklore at the University of Oregon, will give a lecture-performance on "Fighting and Sailing Women in Folksongs and History," Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Dugaw’s performance will feature Anglo-American songs celebrating the history of women soldiers and sailors. The female warrior is a heroine of popular ballads who masquerades as a man and ventures to war for love and glory. Songs celebrating such women flourished as popular “hits” for over 200 years, reaching their zenith in the 18th century. Dugaw’s presentation will cover women who fought and sailed in real life and include issues of gender, social class, heroic valor, women’s history and sexual orientation.

The presentation is based on Dugaw’s book, "Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850," and will include 10 ballads in varied contexts and musical styles, from Elizabethan to present-day cowboy songs. The lecture is an interdisciplinary performance on Anglo-American culture and women’s experience and history that has high entertainment value.

The same day Dugaw will lecture on "The Beggar’s Opera" in the English course, English Literature Survey: The Restoration and 18th Century, at 2:20 p.m. in 202 Melrose Hall. The class is taught by Ken Ericksen, professor of English at Linfield. "The Beggar’s Opera" is a comic farce, poking accurate fun at the prevailing fashion in Italian opera as well as the social and political climate of the age.

Dugaw is the author of "The Anglo-American Ballad: A Folklore Casebook" and "’Deep Play’ John Gay and the Invention of Modernity." She has also recorded a CD, "Dangerous Examples — Fighting and Sailing Women in Song."

Dugaw, who has been a faculty member at UO since 1991, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland, a master’s from the University of Colorado and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also taught at Harvard University, U of C and UCLA.

For more information on the presentations, contact Ericksen at 503-883-2210.