Voice and Modernist Spectacle (Proposed panel for MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18–21, 2012)

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Sara Bryant
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CFP: Proposed panel on Voice and Modernist Spectacle
MSA 14, Las Vegas (Oct. 18–21, 2012)

Visuality and visibility are central to definitions of spectacle; however, spectacles are rarely silent or voiceless. This panel will consider modernist spectacles wherein voice plays a primary or significant role, whether in concert with or separate from the visual and other senses.

Possible topics might include, but aren't limited to:

—Modern sound technologies and technologized voice.
—The modernist sensorium; modernism or modernity and the senses.
—Embodied and/or disembodied voice in film or theater.
—Voice and political spectacle.
—Spectacles of failure: faltering or weakened voice, "choking," blundering.

If interested, please send a 250-word abstract and a brief (2-3 sentences) scholarly bio by April 1, 2012 to Sara Bryant at slb4ca@virginia.edu.