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Sounds Senses

Published on312 pagesISBN:9781800856882 (Hardcover) |ISBN:9781835537251 (Paperback) |eISBN:9781800857384 (PDF)

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Sounds Sensesis 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.

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.


‘The book’s generous yet controlled tonal range with respect to the stated themes makes for welcome surprises such as these, as well as the necessary nods of acknowledgement from the reader concerning postcolonialisms. It succeeds in mapping critical terrain authentically and innovatively. Overall, its flow and transitions are smooth, not least as to comparative approaches.’

Aaron Prevots, Southwestern University

‘In a deeply attuned set of reflections, yasser elhariry provides a ringing Introduction to this impressive collection of texts exploring “sounds and senses” that possesses the potential to resonantly reconfigure ‘our sensorial and critical receptions and perceptions of francophone postcolonial cultures.’

Alison Rice, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Ghérasim Luca’s Francophonics
Raphaël Sigal
Unsound french
yasser elhariry
1. Sound Capture and Transmedial Resonance: Moncef Ghachem’s Lyric
Edwige Tamalet Talbayev
2. Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s Secret Music
Thomas C. Connolly
3. Listening to 19th-Century Haitian Poetry
Martin Munro
4. Hollowed Bodies: The Aural Skin of African Cinema
Vlad Dima
5. Timbuktu, Sonic Map of Desert Futures
Jill Jarvis
6. Listening Back to the Sounds of Algiers in Pépé le Moko (1937), Omar Gatlato (1976), and Viva Laldjérie (2003)
Maya Boutaghou
7. Sounds of Palestine
Olivia C. Harrison
8. Transcending Exoticism? Sound and Voice in Dai Sijie and François Cheng
Shuangyi Li
9. A Walk on the Wilde Side: Rock Music and Listening as Narrative Strategy in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Jennifer Solheim
The “Tchip” Heard ‘Round the World
Edwin Hill
Notes on Contributors