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The Matter of Voice

Karmen MacKendrick


Though a new and more vibrant materialism has made its way into theory, the words we use to theorize are treated even now as abstractions, and not rematerialized themselves. We still pretend that meanings live beyond the sounds of words and the movements of flesh. But we give voice to these separations, and so we give the lie to them as well. Voices resonate among bodies, among texts, and across denotation and sound. They are material, somatic, and musical—all aspects that have unnerved theoreticians since the Pre-Socratics. Philosophers for millennia have tried to silence the physical musical ... More

Keywords: flesh, musicality, speaking voice, spoken word, voice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269990
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karmen MacKendrick, author
Le Moyne College