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作者 Engh, Barbara
書名 After "his master's voice": Post-phonographic aurality
國際標準書號 9780591281125
book jacket
說明 186 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 58-01, Section: A, page: 0019
Adviser: John Mowitt
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 1997
This dissertation studies the repercussions of the phonograph, understood both as historical event and as theoretical object. While the phonograph's effects have been examined in relation to the popularization and commodification of music, its significance in terms of the disembodiment of the human voice has received less attention. The metaphor of the voice has functioned insistently in Western culture to name the authentic expression of both the collective and the individual subject. The phrase "the voice of the people" is virtually synonymous with participatory democracy, and "finding one's voice" has named the process of forming and asserting the specificity and idiosyncrasy of one's individuality. The idea that the dead can speak had currency in mystical discourse, and metaphorical status in the discourse of history, but with phonography, the idea materializes. Due to the cultural significance of the voice, therefore, the disembodiment of the voice in phonography has implications that are far-reaching. The transcendental status of the voice, that is, the idea that it expresses the unmediated truth of individual or collective consciousness, is in part due to the idealization of sonority, which can be traced through Western philosophy since its inception. The dissertation examines the way in which music and the voice has posed a problem for philosophy at several key moments in its disciplinary formation. It then proceeds to look at the discussions of music, the voice and mechanical reproduction in critical theories of the Frankfurt School and poststructuralism, specifically those of Adorno, Benjamin, Barthes and Derrida. Debates about presence, aura, mimesis and repetition are crucial for these thinkers, and pertain to the discussion of aurality as I pose it in the dissertation, both in terms of listening after the phonograph, and in terms of the debates concerning presence in space and time. The advertising logo "His Master's Voice" dictates the themes of mastery and subjection, of colonialism and the role of the phonograph in ethnomusicology, of the automaton, and of pedagogy
School code: 0130
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Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 58-01A
主題 Music
Mass Communications
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Alt Author University of Minnesota
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