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Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies

Rubery, Matthew Rubery, Matthew ; Rubery, Matthew

Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies, 2011, Vol.31

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  • Title:
    Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies
  • Author: Rubery, Matthew
  • Rubery, Matthew ; Rubery, Matthew
  • Subjects: Media Studies ; Literature & Culture ; Literary History ; Mass media and literature - History ; Audiobooks ; Literature and technology ; Books and reading ; Literature ; Sound in literature ; Mass media and literature ; Literary criticism ; Reading ; Hearing ; Reference materials ; Bibliographic literature ; English literature ; Books ; Indexes ; Reference books
  • Is Part Of: Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies, 2011, Vol.31
  • Description: This is the first scholarly work to examine the cultural significance of the "talking book" since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the earliest machine to enable the reproduction of the human voice. Recent advances in sound technology make this an opportune moment to reflect on the evolution of our reading practices since this remarkable invention. Some questions addressed by the collection include: How does auditory literature adapt printed texts? What skills in close listening are necessary for its reception? What are the social consequences of new listening technologies? In sum, the essays gathered together by this collection explore the extent to which the audiobook enables us not just to hear literature but to hear it in new ways. Bringing together a set of reflections on the enrichments and impoverishments of the reading experience brought about by developments in sound technology, this collection spans the earliest adaptations of printed texts into sound by Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and other novelists from the late nineteenth century to recordings by contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison and Barack Obama at the turn of the twenty-first century. As the voices gathered here suggest, it is time to give a hearing to one of the most talked about new media of the past century.
  • Publisher: Florence: Routledge
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN: 9780415883528
    ISBN: 0415883520
    ISBN: 0203818032
    ISBN: 9780203818039
    EISBN: 0203818032
    EISBN: 9780203818039
    EISBN: 9781136733338
    EISBN: 1136733337
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203818039
    OCLC: 730151675
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