“There Is No Understanding a Word of It”: Musical Taste and Italian Vocal Music in Austen’s Musical and Literary World

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Abstract

A discussion of the various implications of musical taste in Jane Austen's novels, especially in the context of the debate between virtuosity and sincerity, and contemporary attitudes to Italian music versus English music. The novel examined most closely in this paper is Emma.
The paper also includes a survey of the Italian music in Jane Austen's music collection, which she is likely to have played and sung.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-98
Number of pages11
JournalPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventJane Austen Society of North America AGM: Jane Austen in the Arts - Chicago, United States
Duration: 15 Oct 202117 Jan 2022
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Bibliographical note

This journal issue is dated 2021 but was only published in around May 2022

Keywords

  • Jane Austen
  • Music
  • Emma
  • virtuosity

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