From Library Journal
Smith (English, Georgetown Univ.) offers a provocative evocation of the world of sound in Shakespeare's England. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources as well as insights from aspects of modern scholarship as diverse as cultural studies and anatomy, Smith delineates a picture of the soundscapes and soundmarks of that place and time and their cultural significance. The study is divided into three sections: "Around" (setting the stage and mapping the field), "Within" (focusing on the various sounds of performance, voice, music, and dance), and "Beyond" (stepping beyond England to examine contemporary reactions to other cultures and their soundscapes). This phenomenology of sound will be of interest to specialists in early theater, music history, and early modern English culture.AAbigail Ann Young, Univ. of Toronto
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About the Author
Bruce R. Smith is professor of English at Georgetown University. He is author of Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England: A Cultural Poetics, published by the University of Chicago Press, and The Art and History of Washington, D.C.