Coda: “Songs from the Wood”

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


The Coda, “Songs from the Wood,” reads the lute as an instrumental actor in global and temporal networks. Probably most familiar as the instrument par excellence of Renaissance English music, the lute had many associations during the early modern period: it was played by women and men alike, and featured in a wide range of music, including consort pieces and ballads sung on stage. While sounding Renaissance England to modern ears, the lute was actually an import from the East; its English name bears the echo of its Arabic name, al ûd (meaning “the wood”), sonically approximated in English as “lute.” Though conceived as a familiar instrument of the English Renaissance, the lute exemplifies the sonic uncanny through its foreign provenance.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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