The Sound of Shakespeare

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 147 pages
The 'Sound of Shakespeare' reveals the surprising extent to which Shakespeare's art is informed by the various attitudes, beliefs, practices and discourses that pertained to sound and hearing in his culture.
In this engaging study, Wes Folkerth develops listening as a critical practice, attending to the ways in which Shakespeare's plays express their author's awareness of early modern associations between sound and particular forms of ethical and aesthetic experience. Through readings of the acoustic representation of deep subjectivity in Richard III, of the 'public ear' in Antony and Cleopatra, the receptive ear in Coriolanus, the grotesque ear in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the 'greedy ear' in Othello, and the 'willing ear' in Measure for Measure, Folkerth demonstrates that by listening to Shakespeare himself listening, we derive a fuller understanding of why his works continue to resonate so strongly with is today.

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Contents

Shakespearience
12
Sounding out deep subjectivity
25
The doctrine is sound
44
An explication of certaine hard Problemes about the Eares
62
Transformation and continuity
87
excess surfeit stealing giving
102
Shakespearean acoustemologies
105
JNotes
123
References
131
Index
143
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Wes Folkerth is an Assistant Professor of English at McGill University.

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