The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor

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University of Chicago Press, 15/04/1999 - 386 páginas
We know how a Shakespeare play sounds when performed today, but what would listeners have heard within the wooden "O" of the Globe Theater in 1599? What sounds would have filled the air in early modern England, and what would these sounds have meant to people in that largely oral culture?

In this ear-opening journey into the sound-worlds of Shakespeare's contemporaries, Bruce R. Smith explores both the physical aspects of human speech (ears, lungs, tongue) and the surrounding environment (buildings, landscape, climate), as well as social and political structures. Drawing on a staggeringly wide range of evidence, he crafts a historical phenomenology of sound, from reconstructions of the "soundscapes" of city, country, and court to detailed accounts of the acoustic properties of the Globe and Blackfriars theaters and how scripts designed for the two spaces exploited sound very differently.

Critical for anyone who wants to understand the world of early modern England, Smith's pathbreaking "ecology" of voice and listening also has much to offer musicologists and acoustic ecologists.

 

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Smith (English, Georgetown Univ.) offers a provocative evocation of the world of sound in Shakespeare's England. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources as well as insights from aspects of modern ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Mapping the Field
30
Membering
96
Some Propositions Concerning O
130
Ballads Within Around Among Of Upon
168
Within the Wooden O
206
Circling the Subject
246
Listen Otherwise
287
Works Cited
343
Index I
367
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Bruce R. Smith is professor of English at Georgetown University. He is author of Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England: A Cultural Poetics, published by the University of Chicago Press, and The Art and History of Washington, D.C.


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