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Muriel Spark and Sound Technologies
Sound and communication technologies have been at the forefront of 2020, but they were just as important 75 years ago. In our penultimate lecture of the Late Summer Lecture series, Beatriz Lopez discusses Muriel Spark's work with deceptive sound technologies during the Second World War.
Muriel Spark and Deceptive Sound Technologies: Hearing the Acousmatic Voice
Beatriz Lopez (Durham University)
This lecture draws on Muriel Spark's Political Warfare Executive experience during the Second World War to explore the deployment of deceptive sound technologies such as the wireless and the telephone in her fiction. Due to their disembodied nature, these technologies rely on the 'acousmatic voice' - the voice without origin - to enact their presence, yet their lack of visual references provides opportunities for manipulation and deception.
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