Sound Objects (Hardcover)

By James A. Steintrager (Editor), Rey Chow (Editor)

Duke University Press, 9781478001096, 312pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2018

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Is a sound an object, an experience, an event, or a relation? What exactly does the emerging discipline of sound studies study? Sound Objects pursues these questions while exploring how history, culture, and mediation entwine with sound's elusive objectivity. Examining the genealogy and evolution of the concept of the sound object, the commodification of sound, acousmatic listening, nonhuman sounds, and sound and memory, the contributors not only probe conceptual issues that lie in the forefront of contemporary sonic discussions but also underscore auditory experience as fundamental to sound as a critical enterprise. In so doing, they offer exciting considerations of sound within and beyond its role in meaning, communication, and information and an illuminatingly original theoretical overview of the field of sound studies itself.

About the Author

James A. Steintrager is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Rey Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University.