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Society, Culture and the Auditory Imagination in Modern France

The Humanity of Hearing


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

  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityAustralia

About the authors

Ingrid Sykes is a Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a past recipient of a UK Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship and has published a number of articles on the cultural and medical history of modern France in journals such as French History, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences and Medical History.

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