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The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Martha Feldman and Judith T. Zeitlin


The Voice as Something More starts from the paradox that voices nowadays are caught up in fundamentally different realms of discourse, practice, and culture: between sounding and nonsounding, material and nonmaterial, literal and metaphorical. It tackles this paradox by looking at voice as both object of desire and material object. Using Mladen Dolar’s influential A Voice and Nothing More as a starting point, The Voice as Something More reorients Dolar’s psychoanalytic approach around the material dimensions of voices—their physicality and timbre, the fleshiness of their mechanisms, the veils ... More

Keywords: voice, psychoanalytic voice, materiality, vocal metaphors, vocal mimicry, vocal myth, vocal technology, uncanny voice, aesthetics, echo, Mladen Dolar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226656397
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Feldman, editor
University of Chicago

Judith T. Zeitlin, editor
University of Chicago

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The Clamor of Voices

Martha Feldman and Judith T. Zeitlin

Part I Sound-Producing Voice

1 Speech and/in Song

Steven Rings

Part II Limit Cases

Part III Vocal Owners and Borrowed Voices

Part IV Myth, Wound, and Gap

9 Voice Gap Crack Break

Martha Feldman

Part V Interlude: The Gendered Voice

Part VI Technology, Difference, and the Uncanny


Voices That Matter

Mladen Dolar

End Matter