Introduction Hearing Voices

Frederick J. Ruf

in Entangled Voices

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195102635
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853458 | DOI:
Introduction Hearing Voices

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This book's central motif is the voice. It proposes considering genres not historically as forms that become established and present themselves to readers and writers as the parameters that must be either accepted or rejected and not ontologically as the forms that humanness must take. Instead, it suggests that we imagine various genres as speaking in different voices so that we can see (or perhaps hear) what difference that might make. It shows what those differences could be, particularly in terms of the kinds of selves those voices might project and thereby help fashion for readers. There seem to be two closely linked qualities that adhere to voice: personhood and sound. Personhood locates hearers in a framework with such characteristics as embodiment, sociality, and contextuality. In examining drama, liturgy, and poetry, Don Ihde discovers the centrality of “presence.” For Gabriel Marcel, presence is characterized by immediacy, intimacy, involvement, fidelity, and availability. Finally, Ihde suggests that the voice carries implications of multiplicity: that a voice is actually voices.

Keywords: Don Ihde; voices; genres; personhood; sound; sociality; embodiment; contextuality; presence; multiplicity

Chapter.  2650 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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