Audio Book: Essays on Sound Technologies in Narrative Fiction by Mikko KeskinenAudio Book: Essays on Sound Technologies in Narrative Fiction by Mikko Keskinen

Audio Book: Essays on Sound Technologies in Narrative Fiction

byMikko Keskinen

Hardcover | April 11, 2008

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Audio Book deals with the ways in which the auditory-voices, sounds, noises-is represented in postphonograph narrative fiction. More specifically, it examines how the various technologies enabling the transmission or storing of sound and voice are figured in selected prose works. Drawing from contemporary American, British, French, and German literature, the author discusses these use of these technologies in Nicholson Baker's Vox, Michel Tournier's Tristan Vox, Heinrich Böll's Murke's Collected Silences, Don DeLillo's The Body Artist, Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, and Sylvia Brownrigg's The Metaphysical Touch. The texts foreground sound technologies (the telephone, radio, tape recorder, answering machine, record player, or, counterintuitively, e-mail) in their narration and manifest important aspects of audio in literature. In prior criticism, these texts have not been systematically read from media-technological perspectives. The sound technologies represented in the texts problematize the clear distinction between speech and writing, or between "natural" articulation and its technological reproduction. Audio Book suggests that literary writing is metaphorically conceivable as a transmitting and storing technology, as an audiobook of sorts, capable of recording (upon writing) and reproducing (upon reading) auditory information. The sound technologies proper have also bearing on the narrative structure, metaphorics, and style of each fictional work studied in Audio Book. In addition, themes such as identity, genre, the nature of literary representation, and the absence/presence problem are brought to the fore on account of the technologies depicted.
Mikko Keskinen is adjunct professor at the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Tampere.
Title:Audio Book: Essays on Sound Technologies in Narrative FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:164 pages, 9.38 × 6.65 × 0.76 inPublished:April 11, 2008Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739118315

ISBN - 13:9780739118313

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 Table of Contents Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 1Voces Intimae: Electro-Erotic Speech in Nicholson Baker'sVox Chapter 6 2 Voices Doubles: Auditory Identities in Michel Tournier's Tristan Vox Chapter 7 3 The Cases of Radio Silence: Recorded Reticence and Revisory Declension in Heinrich Böll's "Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen" Chapter 8 4 Single, Long-Playing, and Compilation: The Formats of Audio and Amourousness in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity Chapter 9 5 The Ghost in the Tape Machine: Posthumous Voice and Residual Presence in Don DeLillo's The Body Artist Chapter 10 6 E-pistolarity and E-loquence: Sylvia Brownrigg's The Metaphysical Touch as a Novel of Letters and Voices in the Age of E-mail Communication Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

With Audio Book: Essays on Sound Technologies in Narrative Fiction, Mikko Keskinen makes an important contribution to an emerging acoustic turn in literary and cultural studies. This is sound scholarship in both senses of the term. Covering an impressively broad range of national traditions, Keskinen offers original readings of texts by Nick Hornby, Michel Tournier,Heinrich Böll, Sylvia Brownrigg, Don DeLillo, and others. His intelligent and compelling analyses of literary culture's negotiation of sound reproduction open our ears to the modern acoustic world. I can highly recommend anyone interested in the interrelations between literature, technology, and aural culture to listen in.