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Modernist Soundscapes: Auditory Technology and the Novel

Angela Frattarola


Modernist Soundscapes questions how early twentieth-century auditory technologies altered sound perception, and how these developments shaped the modernist novel. As the phonograph, telephone, talkie, and radio created new paths for connectivity and intimacy, modernist writers such as Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf were crafting characters intimately connected by the prosody of voice, music, and the soundscape. As headphones piped nonlocal sounds into a listener’s headspace, Jean Rhys and James Joyce were creating interior monologues that were shaped by cosmopolitan and bohemian sounds. ... More

Keywords: Auditory narrative, Phonograph, Headphones, Talkie, Tape recorder, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056074
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Frattarola, author
Nanyang Technological University