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Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840

Virtue and Virtuosity

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Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840 by Gillen D'Arcy Wood
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Music was central to everyday life and expression in late Georgian Britain, and this interdisciplinary study looks at 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.

Author Biography

Gillen D'Arcy Wood is Nicholson Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Release date Australia
March 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
314
Dimensions
152x228x22
ISBN-13
9780521117333
Product ID
3946638

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