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DumbstruckA Cultural History of Ventriloquism$
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Steven Connor

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.001.0001

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What I Say Goes

What I Say Goes

(p.3) 1 What I Say Goes

Steven Connor

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This chapter discusses the history of the voice according to three different, but overlapping frames: in terms of the location of the self and the body in imaginary space; in terms of the co-operations and conflicts of the different senses; and in terms of the apprehension and embodiment of different forms and conceptions of power. Similarly, the voice itself is ambivalently positioned between hearing and sight; the voice that is securely ascribed to its source knits together hearing and seeing, enabling their co-operation to be verified; but the capacity of the voice to put its source in question also keeps apart the different orders of seeing and hearing. Finally, the origin of the voice in the magical exercise of power establishes the need for it to be integrated within the spatial and sensory fields even as it possesses the power to reopen and reintegrate those fields.

Keywords:   history, voice, frames, location, self, body, power, co-operation

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