The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor pdf epub fb2

The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor by Bruce R. Smith epub fb2 djvu

Author: Bruce R. Smith
Title: The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor
ISBN: 0226763765
ISBN13: 978-0226763767
Other Formats: lrf mbr lrf lit
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1999)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1613 kb
Size FB2 version: 1805 kb
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism

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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