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VOX MEDIA: Sound in Literature

CfP: Ausgabe 5 aus 2017 von “Matlit” widmet sich dem genannten Thema. Einreichung für Beiträge ist der 31. Oktober.

“MATLIT, 2017, vol. 5
VOX MEDIA: Sound in Literature
Editors: Osvaldo Manuel Silvestre (University of Coimbra)
Felipe Cussen (University of Santiago de Chile)

Call for Papers
The easiness by which the idea of literature translates into the idea of
text and the latter into “letters printed on paper” is probably to blame
for the one-sided version both common sense and critical belief
constantly show of the relation between readers and books: literature is
something that we read in silence. Better still, literature is a text
that becomes a book by means of an inscription process that becomes
invisible itself, since the materiality of the text is annulled as a
result of what is being transmitted by the former: ideas, meaning, in a
word, contents.

And yet, there is no literature without a material inscription process
which turns each verbal sign into a thing belonging to the phenomenal
world, to be seen before being read and to be read in silence – or not.
Or else, in order to be spoken (another form of material inscription),
preceding and dispensing with the writing or coming immediately after
it. There are, it is well known, western and non-western literary
narratives in which Voice precedes writing. There are, also, some
arguments supporting this claim, although one might suspect a mild
revisionist tone to some of them. Nevertheless, this is not about
searching for a privilege of the Origin for the study of the sound
dimension of literary phenomena, but rather about admitting the
relevance of such a field to a larger, simultaneously modern and
archaic, version of literature.

In the crossing of historical vanguards and changes in communication
technologies, literature has opened itself to the materialities of
sound, voice and performance. This process was accelerated and
dramatized by both mediation and technical reproduction up until the
digital revolution, which eventually led to the historical and
technological specificity of the post-digital state of affairs. The
process further suffered the overlap of massification, thus operating to
a large extent on a scene of “re-oralization”, although by then within
the historical setting of a “secondary orality”. From the more
avant-garde to the more massified environments, from Sound Poetry to the
Spoken Word or Slam Poetry, without overlooking the vast intermediary
territory of “readings (or recitations) of poetry”, it is safe to admit
that the self-awareness that planet literature has is also to encompass
those ever-growing dimensions: phonetic poetry, sound poetry, recordings
of literary texts (either by its own authors or other readers), setting
of poems into music (especially in the cases in which the voice is not
turned into singing, thus sabotaging the form of “song”), poetry and
narrative live readings, spoken word, slam poetry, rap.

MATLIT’s volume 5 is thus intent on exploring what we call literature as
VOX MEDIA: voice as a means for literature and the disturbances suffered
by the medium from the combined effect of performance and the
technologies for mediation, representation and reproduction. And also
other instances, like the tensions between the body and technology,
audibility v. inaudibility of text, sound and meaning, physical presence
and/or absence of the authors, and so forth. The goal is not only that
of generating a catalogue or a compendium of the contemporary effects of
VOX MEDIA on the notion of literature, but that of generating an
archaeology for VOX MEDIA and for all related phenomena repressed by
their historical invisibility.

Submissions must be uploaded before *October 31, 2016*.
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