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- DescriptionThresholds of Listening addresses recent and historical changes in the ways listening has been conceived. Listening, having been emancipated from the passive, subjected position of reception, has come to be asserted as an active force in culture and in collective and individual politics. The contributors to this volume show that the exteriorization of listening- brought into relief by recent historical studies of techlogies of listening-involves a re-negotiation of the theoretical and pragmatic distinctions that underpin the tion of listening. Focusing on the manifold borderlines between listening and its erstwhile others, such as speaking, reading, touching, seeing, or hearing, the book maps new frontiers in the history of aurality. They suggest that listening's finitude- defined in some of the essays as its death or deadliness-should be considered as a heuristic instrument rather than as a mere descriptor. Listening emerges where it appears to end or to run up against thresholds and limits-or when it takes unexpected turns. Listening's recent emergence on the cultural and theoretical scene may therefore be productively read against contemporary recurrences of the motifs of elusiveness, finitude, and resistance to open up new politics, discourses, and techlogies of aurality.
- Author BiographySANDER VAN MAAS is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough toward the Beyond (Fordham).
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2015
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note10 b/w illustrations
- Weight3 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byProfessor Sander van Maas
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