Bruce Andrews

in Close Listening

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195109924
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855261 | DOI:

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Sound is traditionally domesticated in the melodiousness and semantic underlining representational writing. However, recently less conservative art has sometimes foregrounded the sound dimension, either by simplifying rhetoric or drastic systematizing. The chapter also presents the challenge in writing noise and informalism because in doing this, the ties bonding between sound to traditions of lyric harmony and speech should be cut simultaneously. The chapter points out that informal construction liberates sound on behalf of a more distantiating praxis, a microtechnique of restiveness. The task of praxis is to bind fluency, contrasts, variety, logic, and unity. The key is to stop treating sound as if it were a natural phenomenon, to let the social interrupt all omnipresent propinquity.

Keywords: sound; praxis; rhetoric or drastic systematizing; noise; informalism

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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