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- DescriptionThis volume positions music as a charged site of cultural struggle, promoted concurrently as a transcendent corrective to social ills and as a subversive cause of those ills. Alisa Clapp-Itnyre examines Victorian constructions of music to advance patriotism, Christianity, culture and domestic harmony, and suggests that often these goals were undermined by political tensions in song texts or immoral sensuality in the spectacle of live music-making. The author turns her focus to the vels of Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, who present complex arrangements with those musical genres most privileged by Victorian society: folk songs, religious hymns and concert music. This book recovers the pervasive ambiguities of the Victorian musical period, ambiguities typically overlooked by both literary scholars and musicologists. To the literary critic and cultural historian, Professor Clapp-Itnyre demonstrates the necessity of further exploring the complete aesthetic climate behind some of the Victorian period's most powerful literary works. And to the feminist scholar and the musicologist, the author reveals the complexities of music as both an oppressive cultural force and an expressive creative outlet for women.
- Author BiographyAlisa Clapp-Itnyre is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana, and has published articles in several journals and edited collections.
- Author(s)Alisa Clapp-Itnyre
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2002
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
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