Sounds Senses

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Sounds Senses

Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 12


November 3rd, 2021



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Sounds Senses is about what happens to the francophone postcolonial condition when sound is taken as a point of departure for engaging cultural production. Offering a synthetic overview of sound studies, it dismantles the retinal paradigms and oculocentrism of francophone postcolonial studies. By shifting the sensory hermeneutics of perception from the visual, the textual, and the graphemic to the sonic, the auditory, and the phonemic, the book places cultural production that privileges or otherwise exaggerates æstheticized sensorial experiences at the forefront of francophone postcolonialism. In the process, it introduces two primary theoretical thrusts—the unheard and the unintegrated—to the project of analyzing, extending, and rejuvenating francophone postcolonial studies. The book reevaluates francophone culture in relation to sound and the experience of sound, situating it along the fluid axes of paralingual utterance, audio-vision, voice, and narrative speakers. Through a range of case studies focusing on parafrancophonics, poetry, world music, cinema, the graphic novel, popular speech phenomenæ, and the poetics and politics of transcolonial identification, Sounds Senses demonstrates how francophone postcolonial culture is satiated with a glut of unexplored sonic significance.

Author Information

yasser elhariry, Associate Professor of French at Dartmouth College, is the author of Pacifist Invasions: Arabic, Translation & the Postfrancophone Lyric, and coeditor of The Postlingual Turn and Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Æsthetics & Deployments of a Sea in Crisis.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Ghérasim Luca’s Francophonics (Raphaël Sigal)11
Unsound french (yasser elhariry)31
1. Sound Capture and Transmedial Resonance: Moncef Ghachem’s Lyric (Edwige Tamalet Talbayev)67
2. Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s Secret Music (Thomas C. Connolly)87
3. Listening to 19th-Century Haitian Poetry (Martin Munro)107
4. Hollowed Bodies: The Aural Skin of African Cinema (Vlad Dima)129
5. Timbuktu, Sonic Map of Desert Futures (Jill Jarvis)149
6. Listening Back to the Sounds of Algiers (Maya Boutaghou)169
7. Sounds of Palestine (Olivia C. Harrison)189
8. Transcending Exoticism? (Shuangyi Li)217
9. A Walk on the Wilde Side (Jennifer Solheim)245
The “Tchip” Heard ’Round the World (Edwin Hill)263
Notes on Contributors291