“Something Rich and Strange”: Global Listening and The Tempest

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


“‘Something Rich and Strange’: Global Listening and The Tempest,” expands Michel Serres’s notion of “global listening” as a sphere of auditory sensation to include the resonance between the theater space (like the Globe Theatre) and the terrestrial globe as it was understood in early modern England. Wood argues that the music Ariel sings contains lyrics that echo Marlowe’s Hero and Leander, so that the audience may have concluded that The Tempest’s island was somewhere in the East, if not somehow in the Hellespont itself. However, references to the New World also abound. Wood ultimately concludes that the island is a deliberately palimpsested space, combining tonalities from the New World in concert with the Old World, creating a “rich and strange” global soundscape in The Tempest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSaint Mary’s CityUSA
  2. 2.The Folger Shakespeare LibraryWashington, DCUSA

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