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Listening to Literature: A One Day Symposium on Soundscapes

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University of Exeter

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Listening to Literature: A One Day Symposium on Soundscapes
28th July 2017
University of Exeter

This one day symposium will provide opportunities to approach sound in fiction from interdisciplinary perspectives. The representation of sounds, music, voices, utterances, mechanical noises, ghostly whisperings, audio and communication technologies, waves, roars, screams, and conversations runs rampant through literary history. The difficulty of encapsulating the auditory into the written form, and the way that literary rhetoric recurrently prioritises images of the visual over and above other sensory language (overlook, oversight) has long been the topic of literary discussion.This symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues and their relationship to developing technologies, research, and theories in listening and hearing, as well as sound, communication, and recording technologies, and how literature responds to the noises of its environment. Furthermore, it looks at historical representations of sound, music in literature, music as literature, and the translation of literature into sound in the form of podcasts, audiobooks, and radio plays.

How do we hear literature, and how do we write about hearing? How is music represented in literature, or literature represented in music? This one day symposium aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to discuss cultural perceptions of literary soundscapes, the difficulty of capturing sound in text, and the way text is expressed in sound

This is the registration page for Listening to Literature. Registration is free but limited to 30 participants. Lunch will be included, as well as refreshments, teas, and coffees throughout the day.

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DRAFT program (subject to change):

10:00am - 10:30am: Registration

10:30am - 11:30am: Panel One – The Sound of Horror

Silvia Storti, Kingston University
Voices in the Dark: Angela Carter's Radio "In-scapes"

Katherine Wise, Kingston University
Horror Podcasts and the Golden Age of Radio; Narrative, Audience and Exposition

11:30am - 11:45am: Break

11:45am – 1:00pm: Panel Two – The Sound of the Non-Human

Jen Baker, University of Bristol
TBC

Melissa Dickson, St Anne's College Oxford
Animal Audition and the Limits of Audibility

Jack Thacker, University of Bristol
TBC

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 3:15pm: Panel Three – The Sound of Memory

Juliet Middleton-Batts, University of Plymouth
iRemember: An audio transmission of the verbal recordings of handwritten, personal memories

Mary Bateman, University of Bristol
TBC

3:15pm - 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm - 4:45pm: Panel Four – The Sound of Novels

Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi, Bath Spa University
Going out of Hearing: Aurality and the Limits of Sympathy in George Eliot’s Realism

Piers Henriques, University of Cambridge
"Double Visioned" Listening: Creativity and Criticism, Music, and Romantic Dialects in E. M. Forster

4:45pm - 5:45pm: Panel Five – The Sound of Performance

Laura Wright, University of Oxford
Staging the Night: Sounds and Subterfuge in Fletcher and Shirley's The Night-Walker

Mark Leahy
Voice Recognition: A Play (after Gertrude Stein, William Shakespeare, and Rolf Harris)

5:45pm: Wine reception

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