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City of Noise: Sound and Nineteenth-Century Paris

Aimée Boutin


Beloved as the city of light, Paris in the nineteenth-century sparked the acclaim of poets and the odium of the bourgeois with its distinctive sounds. Street vendors bellowed songs known as the Cris de Paris that had been associated with their trades since the Middle Ages; musicians itinerant and otherwise played for change; and flâneurs-writers, fascinated with the city's underside, listened and recorded much about what they heard. This book tours the sonic space that orchestrated the different, often conflicting, sound cultures that defined the street ambience of Paris. Mining accounts that ... More

Keywords: Paris, street ambience, street noise, modern social relations, street commerce, peddlers, Cris de Paris

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039218
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aimée Boutin, author
Florida State University