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Examining innovations in audience behaviour, musical ensembles and mass-music movements, this book provides insight into how musical performances contributed to emerging ideas about class and national identity. Offering a fresh reading of bestselling fictional works of the day, Weliver draws upon crowd theory, climate theory, ethnology, science, music reviews and books by professional musicians to demonstrate how these discourses were mutually constitutive. This interdisciplinary undertaking will interest those working in the fields of English literature, musicology, social history and cultural studies.
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'[The Musical Crowd in English Fiction, 1840-1910] joins recent critical work... in moving the study of music and Victorian literature to new and provocative areas and will be of great interest to those who work in Victorian cultural studies and musicology.' - Laura Vorachek, Victorian StudiesAbout the Author:
PHYLLIS WELIVER is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University, USA. She is the author of Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home (2000) and editor of The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry (2005).
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