Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900

Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home, 1st Edition

By Phyllis Weliver


348 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Introduction; 1. Musical Women in England, 1860-1900 2. Harmony and Discord in the Self: Music, Mesmerism and Mental Science 3. Female Power in Sensation Fiction 4. Dissonance and Fugue in The Mystery of Edwin Drood 5. George Eliot: Melody, Evolution and Aesthetics 6. Recapitulation and Natural Selection in The Mill on the Floss 7. Sexual Selection and Music: Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda; Conclusion: Trilby; Appendix A: Source Readings; Appendix B: Glossary of Musical Terms; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women