Inspired by the verbal exuberance and richness of all that can be heard by audiences both on and off Shakespeare’s stages, Shakespeare’s Auditory Worlds examines such special listening situations as overhearing, eavesdropping, and asides. It breaks new ground by exploring the complex relationships between sound and sight, dialogue and blocking, dialects and other languages, re-voicings, and, finally, nonverbal or metaverbal relationships inherent in noise, sounds, and music, staging interstices that have been largely overlooked in the critical literature on aurality in Shakespeare. Its contributors include David Bevington, Ralph Alan Cohen, Steve Urkowitz, and Leslie Dunn, and, in a concluding “Virtual Roundtable” section, six seasoned repertory actors of the American Shakespeare Center as well, who discuss their nuanced hearing experiences on stage. Their “hearing” invites us to understand the multiple dimensions of Shakespeare’s auditory world from the vantage point of actors who are listening “in the round” to what they hear from their onstage interlocutors, from offstage and backstage cues, from the musicians’ galleries, and often most interestingly, from their audiences.
Walter W. Cannon is professor emeritus of English at Central College.
Laury Magnus is professor of English at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
IntroductionListening to Shakespeare’s Worlds of Sound
Walter W. Cannon and Laury Magnus
Part I: Sensory Apprehension: Speaking, Hearing, and Seeing on Shakespeare’s Stages
Part II: Hearing Gone Awry: Mishearing, Not Hearing, and Silence
Walter W. Cannon
Megan Lloyd and Elizabeth Brown
Part III: Hearing Beyond Words: Shakespeare’s Noise, Sounds, and Music
R. W. Jones
10Hearing Cues in Shakespeare: Instrumental Music and Sound Effects in the Later Plays
Jennifer Linhart Wood
Leslie C. Dunn
Part IV: Voices from the Blackfriars Stage
Voices from the Blackfriars Stage: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion from Actors at the American Shakespeare Center:
Benjamin Curns, Sarah Fallon, Allison Glenzer, John Harrell, James Keegan, Patrick Midgley
Hearing on the Blackfriars Stage: A Coda
Ralph Alan Cohen