The Acoustic World of Early Modern England

Smith Bruce R
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... Read More
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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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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226763773
ISBN-13 9780226763774
GTIN-13 9780226763774
GTIN-14 09780226763774
Subtitle Attending to the O-Factor
Author Smith Bruce R
Edition 2
Language Code eng
Page Count 400
Publication Date Apr 14, 1999
Dimension 6 in 8.97 in 0.84 in