Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film


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This volume brings together a range of essays by eminent and emergent scholars working at the intersection of modern literary, cinema and sound studies. The individual studies ask what specific sonorous qualities are capable of being registered by different modern media, and how sonic transpositions and transferences across media affect the ways in which human subjects attend to modern soundscapes. Script, groove, electrical current, magnetic imprint, phonographic vibration: as the contributors show, sound traverses these and other material platforms to become an insistent ground-note of modern aesthetics, one not yet adequately integrated into critical accounts of the period. This collection also provides a commanding and wide-ranging investigation of the conditions under which modernists tapped technically into the rhythms, echoes and sonic architectures of their worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474437721
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Julian Murphet is Scientia Professor in English and Film Studies at UNSW Australia.
Helen Groth is Professor of English in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW Australia.
Penelope Hone recently completed her PhD in English at UNSW Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sounding Modernism 1890-1950;
Part I: Writing Modern Sounds;
2. On Not Listening To Modernism, Julian Murphet;
3. Advocating Auricularisation: Virginia Woolf's 'In The Orchard', Tom Vandevelde;
Part II: Mediated Voices;
4. Bottled Bands: Automatic Music and American Media Publics, Lisa Gitelman;
5. How to Listen to Joyce: Gramophones, Voice and the Limits of Mediation, Helen Groth;
6. Sounding Region, Writing Accent: A. G. Street and the BBC, Debra Rae Cohen;
7. Partial to Opera: Sounding Willa Cather's Empty Rooms, John Plotz;
8. Elliptical Sound: Audibility and the Space of Reading, Julie Beth Napolin;
Part III: Difficult Voices;
9. Harsh Sounds: George Gissing's Penetrating Literary Voice, Penelope Hone;
10. Body and Soul: Modernism, Metaphysics, Rhyme, Sean Pryor;
11. Listening to the Late Cantos, Kristin Grogan;
Part IV: Modern Rhythm: Writing, Sound, Cinema;
12. The Rhythms of Character in Katherine Mansfield's 'Miss Brill', Helen Rydstrand;
13. The Rhythm of the Rails: Sound and Locomotion, Laura Marcus;
14. Two-step, Nerve-tap, Tanglefoot: Tapdance Typologies in Cinema, Steven Connor;

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