Society, Culture and the Auditory Imagination in Modern France

The Humanity of Hearing

  • Ingrid┬áSykes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ingrid Sykes
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ingrid Sykes
    Pages 38-49
  4. Ingrid Sykes
    Pages 50-70
  5. Ingrid Sykes
    Pages 71-90
  6. Ingrid Sykes
    Pages 111-121
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 122-169

About this book


This book examines the striking way in which medical and scientific work on hearing in 18th and 19th-century France helped to shape modern French society and culture. The author argues that of all the senses hearing offered the greatest resources for remodelling the idea of the universal human condition within the modern French historical setting.


Hearing France French history culture society eighteenth century nineteenth century medicine science sound care communication French health modeling work

Authors and affiliations

  • Ingrid┬áSykes
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-49813-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45535-2
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