What does sound, whether preserved or lost, tell us about nineteenth-century wartime? Hearing the Crimean War: Wartime Sound and the Unmaking of Sense pursues this question through the many territories affected by the Crimean War, including Britain, France, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Dagestan, Chechnya, and Crimea. Examining the experience of listeners and the politics of archiving sound, it reveals the close interplay between nineteenth-century geographies of empire and the media through which wartime sounds became audible--or failed to do so. The volume explores the dynamics of sound both in violent encounters on the battlefield and in the experience of listeners far-removed from theaters of war, each essay interrogating the Crimean War's sonic archive in order to address a broad set of issues in musicology, ethnomusicology, literary studies, the history of the senses and sound studies.
About the Author
Gavin Williams is a musicologist and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at King's College London. He wrote a PhD dissertation at Harvard University on sound and media in Milan ca. 1900, and was then a postdoctoral fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has published articles and book chapters on Futurist music, Italian opera and ballet, and soundscapes in nineteenth-century London, and is currently writing a book on the imperial geographies of recorded sound during the first half of the twentieth century.