Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture Nora M. Alter

ISBN: 9781571814364

Published: November 15th 2004

Hardcover

256 pages


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Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture  by  Nora M. Alter

Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture by Nora M. Alter
November 15th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781571814364 | 5.46 Mb

Music and the German language have played a significant role in the developing symbolism of the German nation. In light of the historical division of Germany into many disparate political entities and regional groups, German artists and intellectualsMoreMusic and the German language have played a significant role in the developing symbolism of the German nation. In light of the historical division of Germany into many disparate political entities and regional groups, German artists and intellectuals of the 19th and early 20th centuries conceived of musical and linguistic dispositions as the nations most palpable common ground.

According to this view, the peculiar sounds of German music and of the German language provided a direct conduit to national identity, to the deepest recesses of the German soul. Sound is still so prevalent in modern German culture that philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, in a recent essay, did not even hesitate to describe post-wall Germany as an acoustical body.

This volume gathers the work of scholars from the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom to explore the role of sound in modern and postmodern German cultural production. Working across established disciplines and methodological divides, the essays of Sound Matters investigate the ways in which texts, artists, and performers in all kinds of media have utilized sonic materials in order to enforce or complicate dominant notions of German cultural and national identity.



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