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This essay addresses the ideological work of aurality in two now-classic novels that chronicle the last days of the British Empire and the emergence of Indian nationalism: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924) and Rabindranath Tagore’s The Home and the World (1919). Both novels make striking and consistent use of aural imagery, evoking a soundscape through references to noise, music, communication and sound reproduction technologies, and spoken language. Music and sound serve as more than atmospheric detail in these novels; they propel the stories and serve as the ground on which racial, cultural, and national differences are established....

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