Sounding Childhood

Children "should be seen and not heard" thought the Victorians even though the concept of childhood is predicated on sound: the delights of children's play, recreational songs, religious pieces, and hymns. Despite numerous archival artifacts that record these sonic expressions, sound has thus far been neglected int he burgeoning field of childhood studies. Focusing on children’s religious music, social music, and songs and sounds of play, this resource features reproductions of Victorian song texts and musical scores, scholarly commentary, and recordings of children’s songs, including performances recorded in historic settings. PI: Alisa Clapp-Itnyre (Indiana University East).