Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840: Virtue and Virtuosity
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Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840: Virtue and Virtuosity

by Gillen D'Arcy Wood
     
 

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Music was central to everyday life and expression in late Georgian Britain, and this is the first interdisciplinary study of its impact on Romantic literature. Focusing on the public fascination with virtuoso performance, Gillen D'Arcy Wood documents a struggle between sober ‘literary' virtue and luxurious, effeminate virtuosity that staged deep anxieties

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Music was central to everyday life and expression in late Georgian Britain, and this is the first interdisciplinary study of its impact on Romantic literature. Focusing on the public fascination with virtuoso performance, Gillen D'Arcy Wood documents a struggle between sober ‘literary' virtue and luxurious, effeminate virtuosity that staged deep anxieties over class, cosmopolitanism, machine technology, and the professionalization of culture. A remarkable synthesis of cultural history and literary criticism, this book opens new perspectives on key Romantic authors – including Burney, Wordsworth, Austen and Byron – and their relationship to definitive debates in late Georgian culture.

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"An elegantly sober manner and unflagging diligence underlie the book's many virtues. But to my mind the constant surprises and—it bears repeating—the brilliant execution make this a consummately virtuoso performance."
-Marshall Brown, www.nbol-19.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107411784
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism , #82
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Gillen D'Arcy Wood is Nicholson Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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