Victorian Soundscapes

ISBN-10: 0195151917
ISBN-13: 9780195151916
Edition: 2003
Authors: John M. Picker
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.10" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Illustrations
Victorian Soundscapes
Introduction The Tramp of a Fly's Footstep
Voices, Volumes, Dombey and Son
Victorian Professional Identity and Urban Noise
New Acoustics in Danielderonda and Beyond
The Recorded Voice from Victorian Aura to Modernist Echo
Appendix: Dickens's Prospectus for the Cheap Edition (1847)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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