A Victorian ballad monger
could sell a broadside edition of Thomas Hood's "Song of the Shirt" (18) next to another of "Babes in the Wood," because "tradition" is a practice, not a stable category.
Here, she comments on how the "public theater and the ballad trade worked in concert, and competition, to publicly communicate depictions of feminine malfeasance" (112), noting the ballad monger
characters in Shakespeare's Winter's Tale and Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair.
Charles Hindley, The Life and Times of James Catnach, (Late of Seven Dials), Ballad Monger
(London: Reeves and Turner, 1878; repr.