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Medieval History

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University of Pennsylvania

Body Politic

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"Sonus Qui Non Est Vox:" Sound And Voice In The Body Politic, Alison Cornish Dec 2019

"Sonus Qui Non Est Vox:" Sound And Voice In The Body Politic, Alison Cornish

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

From the knocking on the gate after Macbeth’s murder of Duncan to the sound of Ugolino’s teeth on the skull of his enemy, the suicide’s violent excretion of words and blood, Calvino’s “king who listens,” the Sicilian bull and the heavenly talking eagle, this essay considers the difference between the sound made by a voice and sounds that are merely instrumental or artificial as a feature of the body politic indicative of tyranny or justice.