'A Theme with Many Variations': Gertrude Hudson, Musical Criticism, and Turn-of-the-Century Periodical Culture

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Abstract

This essay "explores the central role played by periodical media in enabling women to fashion the art forms with which they were engaged, the languages of critique through which those forms were presented, and the audience to whom they were addressed." Taking a single figure as the starting point, this essay "explores Hudson's use of a Paterian, impressionistic aesthetic to mediate questions of voice and audience, and to navigate the shifting politics of place and gender. This notion of music as a medium within the writing, rather than simply being described by it, allowed Hudson to break free from the conventional languages of critique, an experiment facilitated by the format of the periodicals in which she appeared". (Binckes and Synder: 76).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s
Subtitle of host publicationThe Modernist Period
EditorsCarey Snyder, Faith Binckes
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Chapter5
Pages78-91
Number of pages14
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)9781474450669, 9781474450652
ISBN (Print)9781474450645
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Publication series

NameThe Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Keywords

  • Modernism
  • Periodicals
  • Music
  • Criticism
  • Gender

Cite this

Purkis, C. (2019). 'A Theme with Many Variations': Gertrude Hudson, Musical Criticism, and Turn-of-the-Century Periodical Culture. In C. Snyder, & F. Binckes (Eds.), Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: The Modernist Period (Vol. 3, pp. 78-91). (The Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain). Edinburgh University Press.