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The Language of Feeling Made into a Weapon: Music as an Instrument of Torture

Christian Grüny

in Speaking about Torture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242245
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242245.003.0014
The Language of Feeling Made into a Weapon: Music as an Instrument of Torture

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For the last few years reports have surfaced that music has been used to torture prisoners. The chapter investigates this particular kind of no-touch torture and describes the kind of music that is most commonly used, the contexts of its use, and what exactly it is about music that makes this kind of practice possible. It argues that, besides the sheer force of its loudness, music's ability to engage our physical, emotional and mental capacities without the possibility of escape accounts for the devastating effect that music torture has on its victims.

Keywords: Music; No-touch torture; Sensual overload; Flashbacks

Chapter.  5942 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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