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

B.R. Smith

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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 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 range of evidence, he crafts a historical phenomenology of sound, from reconstructions of the "soundscapes" of city, country, and court to accounts of the acoustic properties of the Globe and Blackfriars theatres and how scripts designed for the two spaces exploited sound very differently.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 1999 Forfatter B.R. Smith
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226763774
Antall sider 392 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23cm x 2,1cm
Vekt 530 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Shakespeare studies & criticism, Theatre studies