CFP: [20th] Sound, Silence, and Literature

full name / name of organization: 
Angela Frattarola
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Garrett Stewart in Reading Voices: Literature and the Phonotext writes:
“When we read to ourselves, our ears hear nothing. When we read, however,
we listen.” Whether it is listening to one’s reading voice, music, film
or drama - audition plays a central role in how we engage with art. This
interdisciplinary symposium invites papers that explore the ways in which
sound and silence are formally manipulated and represented in art. While
vision has been the dominant mode for understanding truth and knowledge
in modernity, this one-day symposium will examine alternative narratives
that reveal the cultural significance of auditory perception.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
 - the relationship between sound and subjectivity
 - sound in radio, film, drama, and art
 - the sound of poetry
 - the influence of developing auditory technologies on sound perception
and literature
 - the representation of sound and audition in literature
 - audition as a narrative technique
 - the political implications of sound, noise, and silence
 - postmodernism and silence
 - aesthetics and silence

Location: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Date: 28 February 2009
Keynote Speaker: Steven Connor

Please send a 300-word abstract to Angela Frattarola,, by 14 January 2009.

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