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New Audiobooks and Old Ways of Reading

New Audiobooks and Old Ways of Reading

par Matthew Rubery - School of English, University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

le mardi 6 avril 2010 à 16:30 Salle IAM 4ième étage

Résumé : What continuities are there between the reception given to audiobooks today and the presumably outdated forms of reading aloud favoured by previous centuries ? This talk will propose that the audiobook format restores the easily overlooked dimension of aurality to a literature hitherto received almost entirely in visual terms. At the same time, however, it will demonstrate that the kinds of reading aloud permitted by new audio technology make close listening possible to a degree unheard of for listeners of an earlier era despite their own pioneering sound reproduction devices. This development presents an opportunity to reflect on how attitudes toward reading aloud have evolved since a nineteenth-century inventor first imagined a ?talking book ? capable of preserving the voices of eminent Victorians.

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