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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.

Listed in: Literary Criticism · Victorian Studies · British Literature · Literary Studies

Cover of 'Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs'

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.

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