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The Acoustic World of Early Modern England

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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.

Book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Some dirt marks to the covers and minor bumping to the lower right hand front corner. Printed in 1999.

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Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Bruce R. Smith
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0226763773
ISBN-13:
9780226763774
Number of pages:
386
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press

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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.

Book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Some dirt marks to the covers and minor bumping to the lower right hand front corner. Printed in 1999.

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Bruce R. Smith
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0226763773
ISBN-13:
9780226763774
Number of pages:
386
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press

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