By Nicky Losseff, Sophie Fuller
The assumption of song in Victorian Fiction seeks to deal with basic questions on the functionality, that means and knowing of song in nineteenth-century tradition and society, as mediated via works of fiction. The 11 essays right here, written via musicologists and literary students, variety over a big variety of works by means of either canonical writers corresponding to Austen, Benson, Carlyle, Collins, Gaskell, Gissing, Eliot, Hardy, du Maurier and Wilde, and less-well-known figures reminiscent of Gertrude Hudson and Sara Shepherd. every one essay explores various concepts for reading the belief of song within the Victorian novel. a few specialize in the measure to which scenes concerning song remove darkness from what track intended to the author and modern performers and listeners, and characterize musical tastes of the time and the reception of specific composers. different essays within the quantity study elements of gender, race, sexuality and sophistication which are illuminated by way of the deployment of tune by means of the novelist. the results of those wide-ranging methods to the topic of song and literature is a brand new community of methodologies for the ongoing research of the tradition and society of nineteenth-century tune as mirrored in that period's literary output.