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The Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice - Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Paperback)
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The Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice - Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 10/06/2013
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During her lifetime (1755-1831), English actress Sarah Siddons was an international celebrity acclaimed for her performances of tragic heroines. We know what she looked like-an endless number of artists asked her to sit for portraits and sculptures-but what of her famous voice, reported to cause audiences to hyperventilate or faint? In The Sarah Siddons Audio Files, Judith Pascoe takes readers on a journey to discover how the actor's voice actually sounded. In lively and engaging prose, Pascoe retraces her quixotic search, which leads her to enroll in a ""Voice for Actors"" class, to collect Lady Macbeth voice prints, and to listen more carefully to the soundscape of her life.

Bringing together archival discoveries, sound recording history, and media theory, Pascoe shows how romantic poets' preoccupation with voices is linked to a larger cultural anxiety about the voice's ephemerality. The Sarah Siddons Audio Files contributes to a growing body of work on the fascinating history of sound and will engage a broad audience interested in how recording technology has altered human experience.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472035694
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The theatre scholar's daunting but irresistible quest to recover some echoes of performance of the past has never been more engaging presented than in Pascoe's account of tracing the long-silenced voice of Sarah Siddons. Her report is a warm, witty and highly informative exploration of the methodology and the pleasures of historical research."
--Marvin Carlson, author of "The Haunted Stage: The Theatre as Memory Machine"

--Marvin Carlson"Marvin Carlson" (07/08/2010)
."..a truly inredisciplinary study that is about much more than recovering Siddons's lost voice. In her multifaceted investigations, Pascoe asks us to consider what it means to think about historical evidence in the absence of tangible documentation, an issue that theater historians have been tackling for many years, but ehich have just recently become a central interest of literary scholars."
--Laura Engel, "Women's Writing"--Laura Engel"Women's Writing" (02/22/2013)
"Richly informed by archival research and theories of new media supplemented by first-hand experimentation, and written in a lively, first-person voice, "The Sarah Siddons Audio Files" is a vibrant and sure-to-be-influential work of scholarship."
--Amy Muse, "Comparative Drama"

--Amy Muse"Comparative Drama" (06/01/2012)

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