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Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867

Catherine Jones

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Winner of the 2014 British Association for American Studies Book Prize

Explores the interaction of literature and music in the Atlantic world in the age of Enlightenment and Romanticism

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About the Author

Catherine Jones is a Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen. She is the author of Literary Memory: Scott’s Waverley Novels and the Psychology of Narrative (Bucknell University Press, 2003) and the editor, with David Duff, of Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic (Bucknell University Press, 2007).


Literature and Music in the Atlantic World is an ambitious work of synthesis, and a down payment on what we can hope will be further generalizations drawn from Jones’s deep engagement with the modes in which musical experience and aesthetic theory drew sustenance from each other, along with their impact on political life during a period of tremendous change and lively – sometimes overheated – international debate.

- Paul Douglass, San Jose State University, European Romantic Review

"This is an assured example of Transatlantic American Studies at its best. Catherine Jones moves with verve and grace between discussions of a wide range of musical genres, the literary, scientific and political discourses of the time, and recent scholarship, constructing an original and engaging narrative. The book will be an invaluable aid to anyone interested in the profound role of music in the shaping of American ideologies during the 18th and 19th centuries."

Christopher Gair, University of Glasgow, Editor, Symbiosis: a Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations

[An] impressive and attractive book.
- Susan Wollenberg, University of Oxford, BARS review

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