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The Acoustic World of Early Modern England : Attending to the O-Factor - B.R. Smith

The Acoustic World of Early Modern England

Attending to the O-Factor

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226763774
Number Of Pages: 392

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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.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Openingp. 3
Mapping the Fieldp. 30
The Soundscapes of Early Modern England: City, Country, Courtp. 49
Re: Memberingp. 96
Some Propositions Concerning Op. 130
Games, Gambols, Gests, Jests, Jibes, Jigsp. 133
Ballads Within, Around, Among, Of, Upon, Against, Withinp. 168
Within the Wooden Op. 206
Circling the Subjectp. 246
Listen, Otherwisep. 287
Works Citedp. 343
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780226763774
ISBN-10: 0226763773
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2