“Obscure Be Still the Unsuccessful Muse”: Frances Burney and the arts

Francesca Saggini

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Abstract / Description of output

Francesca Saggini introduces this collection of essays by leading scholars in Burney studies, and provides an interdisciplinary critical consideration of the relationship of one of the major authors of the long English Romanticism with the arts. The encounter, Saggini claims, was not devoid of tensions, and indeed often required a degree of wrangling on Burney’s part. As evidenced by its complex biographical implications, this was a revealing and at times contentious dialogue, allowing us to reconstruct in an original and highly focused way the feminine negotiation with such key concepts of the late Enlightenment and Romanticism as virtue, reputation, creativity, originality, artistic expression, and self-construction. Saggini underlines the interconnections between mutually reinforcing forms of neighbouring artistic activities as components of a broader spectrum of interartistic and intermedial cultural signification, pivotal to contextualize and reassess Frances Burney’s work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrances Burney and the Arts
EditorsFrancesca Saggini
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030988906
ISBN (Print)9783030988890
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Pivot
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Frances Burney
  • arts
  • applied arts
  • muses
  • material culture


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