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Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music

Joseph M. Ortiz


Music was a subject of considerable debate during the Renaissance. The notion that music could be interpreted in a meaningful way clashed regularly with evidence that music was in fact profoundly promiscuous in its application and effects. Subsequently, much writing in the period reflects a desire to ward off music's illegibility rather than come to terms with its actual effects. This book revises our understanding of music's relationship to language in Renaissance England. It shows the degree to which discussions of music were ideologically and politically charged. Offering a historically nua ... More

Keywords: music, Renaissance England, language, Shakespeare, John Milton, Renaissance poets, art, sound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449314
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph M. Ortiz, author
Assistant Professor of English, the State University of New York