Practices of Auditory Memory
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This chapter approaches the Reformation in Geneva as a process of implementing a new system of auditory memory, in which different institutions, practices, and material props worked together to support the recall of the spoken word. Kvicalova describes a process of fashioning a rather elaborate network of memory and attention techniques, including the use of musical affect for memory purposes, the regular examination and excommunication of churchgoers, and the introduction of a new graphic typeface in bibles that would make it easier for the church audience to follow the preaching. Such a perspective revises our understanding of the Calvinist attitude to sensuality and emotion, and offers a nuanced picture of the interplay between auditory and visual modes of memory training and media communication.