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Victorian Soundscapes

Victorian Soundscapes
Author: John M. Picker
ISBN 13: 9780195151916
ISBN 10: 195151917
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2003-09-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
List Price: $56.00

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.