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Sonic Modernity: Representing Sound in Literature, Culture and the Arts

Sam Halliday


This study reveals the many roles and forms of sound in modernism. Drawing on a wealth of texts and thinkers, the book shows the distinctive nature of sonic cultures in modernity. Arguing that these cultures are not reducible to sound alone, the book further shows that these encompass representations of sound in ‘other’ media: especially literature; but also, cinema, and painting. Figures discussed include canonical writers such as Beckett, Conrad, Hart Crane, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joyce, Proust, Dorothy Richardson, and Woolf; relatively neglected writers such as Stephen Graham, Henry Roth, and ... More

Keywords: Modernism, Modernity, Aesthetics, Sound technology, Literature, Music, Cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627615
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Halliday, author
Queen Mary, University of London.