Chapter 32. Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Gillen D'arcy Wood associate professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch32

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Wood, G. D. (2009) Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch32

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • Austen's accomplishment;
  • Music and the Modern Heroine;
  • Austen's ambivalent representation of musical accomplishment in her fiction appears to contradict her own personal commitment to music;
  • hallmark of Georgian women's music culture – as Jane Austen's borrowing of music and encouragement of her piano-playing nieces attest;
  • The drawing-room music Austen played was distinguishable, however, from the working-class popular fare of music halls;
  • Austen's own prose followed the same prescription, as a new form of standard “polite” English that made no distinctions between region and class

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I

  • II

  • III

  • Further Reading