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Transporting Chaucer$
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Helen Barr

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091490

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091490.001.0001

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Reverberate Troy: sounding The House of Fame in Troilus and Cressida

Reverberate Troy: sounding The House of Fame in Troilus and Cressida

(p.198) 6 Reverberate Troy: sounding The House of Fame in Troilus and Cressida
Transporting Chaucer

Helen Barr

Manchester University Press

Chapter Six argues that Troilus and Cressida and The House of Fame share a distinctive soundscape that collapses the distance that normative literary history would put between them. Trojan laud becomes the tittle-tattle of Southbank stews. Both works eliminate difference between voice, sound, noise, and air. In both works, the trumpet plays a key role. Resulting from its brazen lack of valves, the trumpet blows literary repute and stinky fart with insouciant caprice. The final part of the chapter considers the crucial role of silence and name in each work. The Chaucerian narrator refuses to anchor the free-floating tidings of Troy with the authority of a Proper Name. The figure of Antenor in Troilus is his opposite: a name without a voice.

Keywords:   Troilus and Cressida, The House of Fame, Soundscape, Southwark, Troy, Voice, Music, Trumpets, Shakespearean text and performance, Authorial personae

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