Oto-Bio-Graphies: auditory perception in twentieth-century self-narratives

Cerulo, Claudia (2023) Oto-Bio-Graphies: auditory perception in twentieth-century self-narratives, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Lingue, letterature e culture moderne, 35 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/10892.
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Throughout the twentieth century, the study of auditory perception emerged as a significant area of inquiry across various disciplines, particularly within the fields of poststructuralism and psychoanalysis. These theories converge in their understanding of hearing as a fundamental aspect of the development of the subject, leading to a decentering and reformulation of the autobiographical subject, suggesting that the rhythmic is a state of being outside of and prior to the social, verbal, thinking subject. This research aims to examine the connection between auditory perception and the formation of subjectivity in twentieth-century self-narratives. Drawing both from psychoanalysis and poststructuralism, this research proposes a reading of three autobiographical works, namely Elias Canetti’s Die gerettete Zunge, Nathalie Ginzburg’s Lessico famigliare and Nathalie Sarraute’s Enfance. By highlighting the importance of the voice and of the sonorous envelope of childhood, these works artistically anticipate what would be theorised only a few decades later and create the conditions for a pre-verbal apprehension of the world, raising questions about the ineffable source of writing and the writing process itself.

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Cerulo, Claudia
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Sound Studies; Literary Acoustics; Elias Canetti; Natalia Ginzburg; Nathalie Sarraute; Autobiography; Comparative Literature; Acoustic Memory
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23 Giugno 2023

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