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Ocular harpsichord: colour-sound analogy at large in The Enlightenment

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The ocular harpsichord was a notable cultural phenomenon of the European Enlightenment, but its precise chronology and contemporary reception have since become obscure. Proposed in 1725 by Louis-Bertrand Castel (1688-1757, a Jesuit scientist and writer at the Journal de Trévoux), it was meant to play ‘colour music’. However, the exact sensory and aesthetic effect that it was meant to have upon an audience is difficult to gauge, because it inspired such extensive controversy and ex...

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Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
French
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Programme:
AHRC Block Grant
Grant:
456867
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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