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The Resource Music, novels, and women : nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life, Petra Meyer-Frazier

Music, novels, and women : nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life, Petra Meyer-Frazier

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Music, novels, and women : nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life
Title
Music, novels, and women
Title remainder
nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life
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Petra Meyer-Frazier
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eng
Summary
Music was used in 19th-century U.S. novels written by women to depict ideal womanhood. Instrumental music-making, especially playing the piano, was considered an essential domestic skill for middle- and upper-class women. Vocal music was desirable as well, and familiarity with sacred music and hymns was considered to be a reflection of moral and spiritual purity. It was important for women to understand that music rendered for pious, humble, domestic endeavors was constructive and uplifting, while music-making for the purposes of flaunting virtuosity for its own sake was destructive. Domestic music-making treated as a specifically female skill is presented as an illustration of separate spheres (19th-century gender norms). The novels that are discussed are Caroline Lee Hentz, The planter's northern bride; Louisa May Alcott, Little women and The inheritance; Mary Holmes, Lena rivers; Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's cabin; E.D.E.N. Southworth, The hidden hand; and Susan Warner, The wide, wide world
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UBY
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Music, novels, and women : nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life, Petra Meyer-Frazier
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  • Photocopy
  • At head of title: Articles
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages 45-59
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn813236266
  • UtOrBLW
Label
Music, novels, and women : nineteenth-century prescriptions for an ideal life, Petra Meyer-Frazier
Publication
Note
  • Photocopy
  • At head of title: Articles
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages 45-59
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn813236266
  • UtOrBLW

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