Soundage : a practice-led approach to Gertrude Stein, sound, and generative language

Mafe, Majena (2013) Soundage : a practice-led approach to Gertrude Stein, sound, and generative language. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


In this practice-led research project I work to show how a re-reading and a particular form of listening to the sound-riddled nature of Gertrude Stein's work, Two: Gertrude Stein and her Brother, presents us with a contemporary theory of sound in language. This theory, though in its infancy, is a particular enjambment of sounded language that presents itself as an event, engaged with meaning, with its own inherent voice. It displays a propensity through engagement with the 'other' to erupt into love. In this thesis these qualities are reverberated further through the work of Seth Kim-Cohen's notion of the non-cochlear, Simon Jarvis's notion of musical thinking, Jean-Jacques Lecercle's notion of délire or nonsense, Luce Irigaray's notion of jouissant love and the Bracha Ettinger's notion of the generative matrixial border space. This reading then is simultaneously paired with my own work of scoring and creating a digital opera from Stein's work, thereby testing and performing Stein's theory. In this I show how a re-reading and relistening to Stein's work can be significant to feminist ethical language frames, contemporary philosophy, sonic art theory and digital language frames.

Further significance of this study is that when the reverberation of Stein's engagements with language through sound can be listened to, a pattern emerges, one that encouragingly problematizes subjectivity and interweaves genres/methods and means, creating a new frame for sound in language, one with its own voice that I call soundage.

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ID Code: 63361
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Haseman, Brad, Knowles, Julian, & Carson, Susan
Keywords: sound, soundage, sound in language, sounded-language, sound theory, Gertrude, Stein, listening, third-ear, language, discourse analysis, content analysis, literary, canon, event, meaning/unmeaning, sound thinking, non-cochlea, Delire, non(sense), Jouissance, love, Matrixial Borderspace, Bracha Ettinger, Luce, Irigaray, Feminist theory, Psychoanalysis, Sonic Poetics, digital animation, digital, opera, ventriloquism, fictocriticism, inter-disciplinarity, digital, sonic arts, practice-led research
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2013 06:47
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 06:57

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