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Textual Phonography in Fiction

Goal: What can the written soundscapes of contemporary fiction tell us about hearing and listening? In which books and stories can we find a sonic awareness, an experience of what Salomé Voegelin calls the 'private sonic life-world in its fragile and doubtful contingency that we negotiate in listening and in language’?

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[From blurb] Ed Garland used reading to help him cope with hearing loss and tinnitus. In this genre-busting blend of memoir and literary criticism, the author reveals his own journey towards an understanding of sonic loss. Written with humorous honesty about the fluctuations in a young man's mental health. The English-language fiction classics of Wales explored include the work of Margiad Evans, Bernice Rubens, and Deborah Kay Davies. The international titles are by Annie Proulx and Samuel Beckett. Earwitness amplifies the rich connections between literature, auditory perception and mental wellbeing. Introduction
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In Antic magazine, Australia:
It's an intro to the idea. I haven't settled on terminology yet. Literary acoustics? Textual phonography? Something else? Thoughts welcome.
 
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What can the written soundscapes of contemporary fiction tell us about hearing and listening? In which books and stories can we find a sonic awareness, an experience of what Salomé Voegelin calls the 'private sonic life-world in its fragile and doubtful contingency that we negotiate in listening and in language’?