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This essay examines Vernon Lee's wide-ranging, informed and often interdisciplinary reading about music, and demonstrates its centrality for her as a late 19th century intellectual preoccupation. Drawing upon unpublished sources (including commonplace books and marginalia), her reading of Gurney, Wundt, and Weismann, and exchanges with Ethel Smyth, I argue that Lee tried to bridge the increasing gap between professional musicians and mass audiences by examining how music might be assimilated and appreciated. Scrutinising Lee's distinction between active listening and passive hearing, this essay interrogates her determination to write not merely for musicians but for a non-specialist audience as well.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 Modern Humanities Research Association|
|Keywords:||Vernon Lee; interdisciplinary reading; music; commonplace books; marginalia; Edmund Gurney; Wilhelm Wundt; August Weismann; Dame Ethel Smyth; active listening; passive hearing; Reading Experience Database|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > English|
|Depositing User:||Shafquat Towheed|
|Date Deposited:||12 May 2010 19:41|
|Last Modified:||05 May 2014 12:56|
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