Hearing History: A Reader / Edition 1

Hearing History: A Reader / Edition 1

by Mark Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 082032583X

ISBN-13: 9780820325835

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Hearing History is a long-needed introduction to the basic tenets of what is variously termed historical acoustemology, auditory culture, or aural history. Gathering twenty-one of the field’s most important writings, this volume will deepen and broaden our understanding of changing perceptions of sound and hearing and the ongoing education of our

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Hearing History is a long-needed introduction to the basic tenets of what is variously termed historical acoustemology, auditory culture, or aural history. Gathering twenty-one of the field’s most important writings, this volume will deepen and broaden our understanding of changing perceptions of sound and hearing and the ongoing education of our senses. The essays stimulate thinking on key questions: What is aural history? Why has vision tended to triumph over hearing in historical accounts? How might we begin to reclaim the sounds of the past?

With theoretical and practical essays on the history of sound and hearing in Europe and the United States, the book draws on historical approaches ranging from empiricism to postmodernism. Some essays show the historian of technology at work, others highlight how military, social, intellectual, and cultural historians have tackled historical acoustemologies. Investigating soundscapes that include a Puritan meetinghouse in colonial New England, the belfries of a French village at the close of the Old Regime, the court hall of Elizabeth I, and a Civil War battlefield, the essays vary just as widely in their topics, which include noise as a marker of social and cultural differences, the privileging of music as the sound of art, the persistence of Aristotelian ideas of sound into the seventeenth century, developments in sound related to medical practice, the advent of sound-recording technology, and noise pollution.

This important new anthology will help us to contextualize the past within the larger rubric of all of the senses and thus free mainstream historical writing from the powerful but blinding focus on vision alone.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820325835
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : onward to audible pasts
1Soundscapes and earwitnesses3
2Listening10
3Breaking the sound barrier23
4Art and sound36
5On noise51
6Sound and the self54
7Perceiving sound in the Middle Ages69
8The soundscapes of early modern England85
9Hearing renaissance England112
10English theories of hearing in the seventeenth century136
11Having the doctor's ear in nineteenth-century Edinburgh151
12Listening and silence in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France169
13Identity, bells, and the nineteenth-century French village184
14Acoustics and social order in early America207
15Sound Christians and religious hearing in enlightenment America221
16Listening to Southern slavery247
17Sight, sound, and tactics in the American Civil War267
18Recording sound, recording race, recording property279
19Preserving sound in modern America295
20American noise, 1900-1930319
21Shaping the sound of modernity331
Coda : talking sound history365

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