GERMAN 731 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
Section: 002 Sound Studies
Term: FA 2018
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Sonic theory and practice have long exceeded the traditional categories and histories of European Classical music. In the last decade, scholars working in fields such as literary studies, cultural history, anthropology, philosophy and media theory have begun to direct their attention to historicizing, theorizing, and interpreting a variety of non-musical auditory phenomena, sonic practices, and elements of historical soundscapes ranging from the noise of the modern battlefield, factory, and metropolis, through the static of recorded sound, to avant-garde sound poetry, film, and modernist literature.

This course provides an overview of recent interdisciplinary research into this constellation of auditory culture, technological infrastructure, and cultural production beginning with the invention of the phonograph in the 1870s and continuing up to the present. Topics include the nature and status of the sonic archive, the historicity of listening, montage and the remix, sonic affect, audiovisuality and the ‘acousmetre,’ radio and propaganda, memory, erasure and surveillance, gender, race and the voice. Readings include theoretical works by Michel Chion, Jonathan Sterne, Wolfgang Ernst, Friedrich Kittler, Jacques Derrida, and N. Katherine Hayles, literary texts by Franz Kafka, Yoko Tawada, and William S. Burroughs, as well as sound recordings and films by Imamu Amiri Baraka, Friederike Mayröcker, and David Lynch. In conjunction with a unit on the radio play War of the Worlds (1938), the seminar will also pay a visit to Hatcher Graduate Library to examine the related holdings of the Orson Welles archive.

GERMAN 731 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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