Victorian Soundscapes
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Victorian Soundscapes

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Far from the hushed restraint we associate with the Victorians, their world pulsated with sound. This book shows how, in more ways than one, Victorians were hearing things. The representations close listeners left of their soundscapes offered new meanings for silence, music, noise, voice, and echo that constitute an important part of the Victorian legacy to us today. In chronicling the shift from Romantic to modern configurations of sound and voice, Picker draws upon literary and scientific works to recapture the sense of aural discovery figures such as Babbage, Helmholtz, Freud, Bell, and Edison shared with the likes of Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson, Stoker, and Conrad.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195151917
  • 9780195151916
  • 684,488

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Picker is suggestive, intelligent and insightful. * International Herald Tribune *show more

About John M. Picker

John M. Picker is Associate Professor of English at Harvard Universityshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; 1 "WHAT THE WAVES WERE ALWAYS SAYING": VOICES, VOLUMES, DOMBEY AND SON; 2 THE SOUNDPROOF STUDY: VICTORIAN PROFESSIONALS AND URBAN NOISE; 3 GEORGE ELIOT'S EAR: NEW ACCOUSTICS IN DANIEL DERONDA AND BEYOND; 4 THE RECORDED VOICE FROM VICTORIAN AURA TO MODERNIST ECHO; APPENDIX - DICKENS' PROSPECTUS FOR THE CHEAP EDITION (1847); NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more

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