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Orientalism and its Relation to Music and Musical Representation

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines character stereotypes of 'Orientals' played out on the British musical stage and alongside this the ways in which music was invoked in popular fiction and artworks to represent others and to differentiate the Westerner from these others. It looks at issues of orientalism, otherness, gender and sexuality that arise in artistic British representations of non-European musicians during the long nineteenth century. Orientalist works incorporate belief systems that overarch multiple aspects of cultural production and hence benefit interdisciplinary study. Since the early 1990s interdisciplinary methodologies have increasingly influenced musicology. The book considers the highly popular romances of H. Rider Haggard, as well as contextualizing literary works, to investigate the various ways in which musical 'Orients' were represented in nineteenth-century British popular fiction.