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Description - Victorian Soundscapes by John M. Picker

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195151916
ISBN-10: 0195151917
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John M. Picker

John M. Picker is Associate Professor of English at Harvard University