• Course Number: ENGL 147AB
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  • Quarter: Spring 2025

A media history of sound recording literature from phonautogram and phonograph to talking books, books-on-tape, audiobooks, podcasts, interactive audio, and beyond. From oral tradition, we trace intertwined histories of sound media and literary arts through tinfoil and wax cylinders, radio, shellac, vinyl LPs, cassette tapes, CDs, digital audio files, streaming, and apps. The course addresses concepts such as remix, adaptation, affect, embodiment, interaction, and the avant-garde. Examples may include Tennyson, Dickens, Shakespeare, Kipling, Conan Doyle, Joyce, Poe, Conrad, Christie, Thomas, McLuhan, Jumanji, Serial, This American Life, The Haunting of Hill House, Audiobook, and more. Includes listening and recording components.


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