Sounding the Word: Foreword to Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge)

from Harper's, March 2011


My foreword to Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies, just out from Routledge, which appeared in the March Harper's. Most closely related to PennSound, see an article by Michael Hennessey on the Giorno Poetry Systems and also Jesper Olsson on the poetics of the tape recorder.

Foreword Charles Bernstein.
Introduction: Talking Books, Matthew Rubery.

Part 1: Sound Experiments 1: The Three-Minute Victorian Novel: Remediating Dickens into Sound, Jason Camlot 2: A Library on the Air: Literary Dramatization and Orson Welles’s Mercury Theatre, James Jesson 3: The Audiographic Impulse: Doing Literature with the Tape Recorder, Jesper Olsson 4: Poetry by Phone and Phonograph: Tracing the Influence of Giorno Poetry Systems, Michael S. Hennessey 5: Soundtracking the Novel: Willy Vlautin’s Northline as Filmic Audiobook, Justin St. Clair

Part 2: Close Listenings 6: Novelist as "Sound-Thief": The Audiobooks of John le Carré, Garrett Stewart 7: Hearing Hardy, Talking Tolstoy: The Audiobook Narrator’s Voice and Reader Experience, Sara Knox 8: Talking Books, Toni Morrison, and the Transformation of Narrative Authority: Two Frameworks, K. C. Harrisson 9: Obama’s Voices: Performance and Politics on the Dreams from My Father Audiobook, Jeffrey Severs 10: Bedtime Storytelling Revisited: Le Père Castor and Children’s Audiobooks, Brigitte Ouvry-Vial 11: Learning from LibriVox, Michael Hancher 12: A Preliminary Phenomenology of the Audiobook, D. E. Wittkower

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