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Music in the Georgian Novel

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  • Date Published: July 2015
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  • isbn: 9781316355534

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  • Music was an essential aspect of life in eighteenth-century Britain and plays a crucial role in the literary strategies of Georgian novels. This book is the first to investigate the literary representation of music in these works and explores the structural, dramatic and metaphorical roles of music in novels by authors ranging from Richardson to Austen. Pierre Dubois explores the meaning of 'musical scenes' by framing them within contemporary cultural issues, such as the critique of Italian opera or the theoretical shift from mimesis to the alleged autonomy and mystery of music. Focusing upon both eighteenth-century theories of music, and the way specific musical instruments were perceived in the collective imagination, Dubois suggests new interpretative perspectives for a whole range of novels of the Georgian era. This book will be of interest to a wide readership interested not only in literature, but also in music and cultural history at large.

    • A global account of the treatment of music in the British novels of the Georgian period
    • Gathers and studies in depth numerous passages from various novels by authors ranging from Richardson to Austen
    • Presents a new picture of musical life in eighteenth-century Britain and a fresh insight into contemporary theories of music
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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316355534
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Sound and Sense: Moral Issues:
    1. Prelude: Italian opera and English oratorio
    2. The English Orpheus
    3. Damnable pleasures
    4. The natural voice and the ideal of purity
    5. Malodorous soundscapes and musical incenses
    Part II. Sentiment and Sensibility:
    6. The perimeter of the sentimental mode
    7. The crisis of language
    8. The impression of harmony
    9. The salutary remanence of discords
    10. The inexpressible mystery of music
    11. The music of feeling
    12. Pastoral music
    Part III. Sweet Music and the Sublime:
    13. Theory of the musical sublime
    14. The musical sublime and ideological control
    15. Ann Radcliffe's feminine sublime
    Part IV. Music as a Vehicle for Female Identity:
    16. The musical and novelistic perimeters of feminine sensibility
    17. Intimations of musical gendering: Anne Hughes, Caroline
    18. Instruments of a new sensibility
    19. Sensibility and affectation: Jane West, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Inchbald
    20. Variations on a feminine theme: Frances Burney's musical heroines
    21. Jane Austen: music, woman and the middle-way

  • Author

    Pierre Dubois, Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours
    Pierre Dubois is Emeritus Professor of eighteenth-century English studies at Université de Tours. He was Senior Lecturer at Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) from 1997 to 2008 and in 2012 he was a visiting fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. The editor of Charles Avison's 'Essay on Musical Expression' and Related Writings by Charles Avison and William Hayes (2004), his 2009 book La conquête du mystère musical en Angleterre au siècle des Lumières was awarded the 2010 Research Prize of the French Societé des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur (SAES). A self-taught musician, he is the incumbent organist of the historic F.-H. Clicquot organ (1783) of Souvigny (Allier, France) and artistic director of the Journées Musicales d'Automne there. He is also chairman of Sauvegarde de l'Orgue de la Sorbonne, an association he founded for the preservation, restoration and promotion of the historic Dallery organ (1825) of the Sorbonne.

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