Sean Alexander Gurd

in Dissonance

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780823269655
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780823271870 | DOI:

Series: Idiom Inventing Writing Theory FUP


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The movement of sound across boundaries, and its ability to create extreme affect, is examined in Greek song and acoustic theory between Homer and the death of Euripides. Affect is defined after Brian Massumi and Deleuze and Guattari; auditory affect is shown to be central to the poetics of tragedy and to the psychology of perception in early Greek natural theory.

Keywords: affect; Aeschylus; Democritus; Gorgias; Pre-socratic theory; psycho-acoustics; Sophocles; sound; tragedy

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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