Voice in Extremis

Steve McCaffery

in Close Listening

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

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The 20th century presents two distinct scenarios for the voice in poetry, the primal identity and the renegade and heterological. The primal identity is a phenomenological voice that serves in its self-evidence as the unquestionable guarantee of presence, and on the other hand renegade and heterological requires the voice's primary drive to be persistently away from presence. The chapter also presents the difference of language and voice. Language resists an ultimate demolition while voice remains subordinated to the dictates of graphism. The chapter describes the intense corporeality of sound performance as a machine assembly of body and voice in the transmission of without preparation.

Keywords: voice poetry; primal identity; renegade and heterological; phenomenological voice; language; voice; graphism; sound performance

Chapter.  8056 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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