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World of Echo: Noise and Knowing in Late Medieval England

Adin E. Lears


Between late antiquity and the fifteenth century, theologians, philosophers, and poets struggled to articulate the correct relationship between sound and sense, creating taxonomies of sounds based on their capacity to carry meaning. This book traces how medieval thinkers adopted the concept of noise as a mode of lay understanding grounded in the body and the senses. With a broadly interdisciplinary approach, the book examines a range of literary genres to highlight the poetic and social effects of this vibrant discourse, offering close readings of works by Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland ... More

Keywords: sound, senses, medieval thinkers, noise, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, Richard Rolle, Margery Kempe, language, articulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749605
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adin E. Lears, author
Virginia Commonwealth University