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B. Cazelles
Soundscape in Early French Literature

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X+175 p., 160 x 240 mm, 2005
ISBN: 978-2-503-52361-3
Languages: English, Middle French
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Cazelles shows that sound plays a much more crucial role in literature than we may have realized and that noise has a textuality in a fascinating study on the culture of literate orality in pre-modern Europe.

This book is a study of how sound is employed in a variety of Latin and early French works. In five chapters, titled to reflect the author’s attention to and interest in sound ('The Big Bang', 'The Blares of Power', 'The White Noise of Perfection', 'Parasitic Homophones', and 'Sonus Mortis'), plus a substantial introduction ('Noise as Gloss') and conclusion ('The Ambivalence of Noise'), Cazelles shows that sound plays a much more crucial role in literature than we may have realized and that noise has a textuality. She adopts a methodology that combines the technique of sensorial anthropology with that of textual analysis and focuses on the culture of literate orality in pre-modern Europe as she analyzes a variety of textually-transcribed sounds in an attempt to disclose their significance in enriching our understanding of literature and, in parallel, in an attempt to assess the value of literature in enriching our understanding of aural and oral phenomena.

Review
"Der Leser bekommt in den detaillierten philologischen Textanalysen einen interessanten Einblick in die Dimension der Laut- und auc Farbensymbolik des französischen Mittelalters, der zu vielen weiteren Fragen anregt. Dazu liefert Czelles in dieser Fokussierung auf das Leiblich-Phonische der Texte ein umfangreiches Material." (I. Zollna, in: Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, Band 125 (2009) Heft 2, p. 326-329)
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Romance literatures
Old & Middle French literature
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Medieval literature (general comparative)

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