Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Jane Austen
EditorsClaudia L Johnson, Clara Tuite
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781405149099
StatePublished - Mar 6 2009


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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