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Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Steven Connor

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Why can none of us hear our own recorded voice without wincing? Why is the telephone still full of such spookiness and erotic possibility? Why does the metaphor of ventriloquism, the art of ‘seeming ... More


Who Speaks: Ventriloquism and the Self in the Poetry Reading

Ron Silliman

in Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109924
eISBN:
9780199855261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter starts by asking who speaks, who listens, and who reads. It also states that far from being incidental, the instrumental language of an absent subject has created a pervasive tone. From ... More


Auditory Distance Perception

Ian P. Howard

in Perceiving in Depth: Volume 3 Other Mechanisms of Depth Perception

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764167
eISBN:
9780199949373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764167.003.0258
Subject:
Psychology, Vision, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter reviews the mechanisms that allow animals and humans to judge the distances of sound sources. It starts by describing the processes that cause a sound source to be perceived outside the ... More


Speaking Parts: Diderot and Les Bijoux indiscrets

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter offers, as a kind of afterthought, a reference to Tertullian’s account of genital speech. The reference here is to Denis Diderot’s Les Bijoux indiscrets of 1748. It tells the story of ... More


The Abbé and the Ventriloque

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

During the 18th century ventriloquism became subject to processes of tireless explanation and demythologisation. This chapter sees that ventriloquism becomes subject to a huge overestimation, both in ... More


The Dictate of Phrenzy: Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

It is important to try to recapture the seriousness with which Abbé Jean-Baptiste de la Chapelle and some others took the question of ventriloquism, and this chapter examines the importance of the ... More


Ubiquitarical

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

During this time Ventriloquists tended to operate in the open rather than in concert halls or theatres. Ventriloquism was generally exhibited at fairs, or such places, for money. For five years ... More


At Home and Abroad: Monsieur Alexandre and Mr Mathews

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Charles Mathews, a long-established comic actor, had first presented his one man show in London in 1818. The show was strung loosely together around a series of recitations, dialogues, sketches, and ... More


Writing the Voice

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Alexandre Vattemare’s corporeal performance escapes all attempts to do justice to it in words, but relies upon the supplement of words for the disclosure of this transcendence of words. The more ... More


Vocal Reinforcement

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The conception of power articulated, as discussed in this chapter, is interesting. The idea of the reach of the voice seems to emphasize its power to remain itself over distances that would ... More


Talking Heads, Automaton Ears

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

From the earliest times, the history of ventriloquism has been shadowed by the history of attempts to create automata capable of simulating or actually replicating speech. The history of efforts to ... More


No Time Like the Present

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Ventriloquism has had its day. Even when revivals of ventriloquism occur, as in the recent success of David Strassman, it takes a necromantic form. In his performances, Strassman plays both with the ... More


“I Am Come into the Light”: Confessions of Faith, Sermons, and Ventriloquism

Richard A. Bailey

in Race and Redemption in Puritan New England

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195366594
eISBN:
9780199894109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366594.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By analyzing confessions of faith, puritan sermons, and catechisms, this chapter examines the processes by which whites placed words into the mouths of blacks and Native Americans. Through this form ... More


Talking Books (Talking Back)

Yogita Goyal

in Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781479829590
eISBN:
9781479819676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829590.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter takes up questions of literary ventriloquism and surrogate authorship that always plagued the slave narrative and are imaginatively reinvented by such black Atlantic writers as Toni ... More


It’s All by Someone Else

Robert Polito

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter takes on the trope of the poet’s voice, via James Merrill’s monumental poem The Changing Light at Sandover, which incorporates large swaths of voices from beyond the grave, dictated to ... More


Ventriloquism, Kidnapping and the Carnivalesque in Marisol’s Tómbola1

Erin K. Hogan

in The Two cines con niño: Genre and the Child Protagonist in Over Fifty Years of Spanish Film (1955-2010)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474436113
eISBN:
9781474453622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474436113.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter Three further elaborates ventriloquism as, firstly, an expression of Francoist anxiety of subaltern rebellion by children and colonial subjects and, secondly, as a tool for the transmission ... More


Animal Tracks: Affect, Aesthetics, Ethics

Norie Neumark

in Voicetracks: Attuning to Voice in Media and the Arts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036139
eISBN:
9780262339834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036139.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In this chapter the author listens through new materialism to animals’ voices in various art assemblages. Theoretically, ethically, and politically, new materialism opens up a recognition of the ... More


Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?

Helen Carr and Dave Cowan

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour: Perspectives, policy and practice

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861346858
eISBN:
9781447302544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter talks about the epistemic support of ASB. It attempts to define ASB, while stating that obscurity is an important tool of governance. The main theme of this chapter is the role of ... More


The Call of the Screen: Niní Marshall and the Radiophonic Stardom of Argentine Cinema

Nilo Couret

in Mock Classicism: Latin American Film Comedy, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520296848
eISBN:
9780520969162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296848.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The second chapter broadens our understanding of the mediascape during the golden age of Argentine cinema by examining the film and radio stardom of Marina Esther Traverso, “Niní Marshall,” as a case ... More


Linguistic Chaos: Hybrid Animation of the queerqueen

Claire Maree

in queerqueen: Linguistic Excess in Japanese Media

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190869618
eISBN:
9780190869649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190869618.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Chapter 4 illustrates how, as an enregistered style, queerqueen talk is co-opted into popular culture. It analyzes the Mori Mori Cooking segment of the animated series The World of GOLDEN EGGS (Plus ... More


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