Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home

1st Edition

Phyllis Weliver

Routledge
Published December 12, 2017
Reference - 348 Pages
ISBN 9781138677586 - CAT# Y231724
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Summary

Over the first half of the nineteenth century, writers like Austen and Brontë confined their critiques to satirical portrayals of women musicians. Later, however, a marked shift occurred with the introduction of musical female characters where were positively to be feared.

First published in 2000, this book examines the reasons for this shift in representations of female musicians in Victorian fiction from 1860-1900. Focusing on changing gender roles, musical practices and the framing of both of these scientific discourses, the book explores how fictional notions of female musicians diverged from actual trends in music making.

This book will be of interest to those studying nineteenth century literature and music.

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