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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Late Summer Lectures 2020

Muriel Spark and Sound Technologies

30th September 2020, 17:30 to 19:00, Online (Zoom), Beatriz Lopez (Durham University)

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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