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August 2023
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A radical re-imagining of the relationship between sound and sense took place in Britain in the decades around 1800. This new approach reconfigured sound as central to understandings of space and temporality, from the diurnal rhythms of everyday life in the modern city to the 'deep time' of the natural world. At the same time, sound emerged as a frequently disruptive phenomenon, a philosophical and political problem, and a force with the power to overwhelm listeners. This is the first book devoted to the topic and brings together scholars from literary studies, musicology, history and philosophy through the interdisciplinary frameworks of sound studies and the history of the senses. The chapters pursue a wide range of subjects, from 'national airs' to the London stage, and from experiments in sound to new musical and scientific instruments. Collectively, they demonstrate how a focus on sound can enrich our understanding of Romantic-era culture. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Sound and Sense in British Romanticism
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Sound and Sense in British Romanticism - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Illustrations
    pp vii-viii
  • Music Examples
    pp ix-ix
  • Contributors
    pp x-xii
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xiii-xiv
  • Introduction
    pp 1-16
  • Chapter 1 - William Hogarth
    pp 17-38
  • Looking and Listening for a Painting
  • Chapter 3 - Realising The Enraged Musician
    pp 60-89
  • Chapter 5 - The Sound of News
    pp 115-135
  • Affective Rhythm, Rupture, and Nostalgia
  • Chapter 6 - The Resounding Fame of Fingal’s Cave
    pp 136-153
  • Chapter 7 - Echoing Sounds
    pp 154-182
  • What Was Poetry for Gilbert White?
  • Chapter 8 - Mary Somerville’s Sound Accomplishments
    pp 183-200
  • Chapter 10 - Stethoscopic Fantasies
    pp 224-244
  • Bibliography
    pp 245-271
  • Index
    pp 272-277
  • Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - Series page
    pp 278-286


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