Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana, and has published articles in several journals and edited collections.

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Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs · Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel
By Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

Music was at once one of the most idealized and one of the most contested art forms of the Victorian period. Yet this vitally important nineteenth-century cultural form has been studied by literary critics mainly as a system of thematic motifs. Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs positions music as a charged site of cultural struggle, promoted concurrently as a transcendent corrective to social ills and as a subversive cause of those ills.

“Clapp-Itnyre’s interdisciplinary approach in this book cogently demonstrates how the aesthetic subject of music functions as a lens for social debates of the day. By providing historical and cultural contexts for musical genres and performances, Clapp-Itnyre enriches our understanding of the works of Gaskell, Eliot, and Hardy and of Victorian musical debates themselves.”

Laura Vorachek, Victorians Institute Journal