Music in Jane Austen's Emma
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Jane Austen played the piano every morning before the rest of the family got up - both for her own pleasure and probably also as an aid to meditation and mental focus. No one has yet fully explored the significance of music to her as a writer, but the use of music in her novels - as with all other aspects of daily life - is hardly casual. In perhaps no other novel is this so true as in Emma, in which music is used in a sophisticated manner to evoke class and gender status and as a pointer to moral character.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Humanities. Literature Section; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Cambridge Companion to Emma
Cambridge University Press
Perry, Ruth. "Music in Jane Austen's Emma." in Sabor, Peter, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Emma. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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