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Listening Deafly and the Rhetoric of Sound : Voice, Silence, and Listening in Hollywood Films - Sarah Mayberry Scott

Listening Deafly and the Rhetoric of Sound

Voice, Silence, and Listening in Hollywood Films

By: Sarah Mayberry Scott

Hardcover | 15 October 2023

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In this book, Sarah Mayberry Scott bridges the seemingly insurmountable divide between sound studies and deaf studies by considering the persuasive nature of sound at the intersection of sound, rhetoric, and deafness. Using three contemporary films as critical touchstones, CODA (2021), A Quiet Place (2018), and Sound of Metal (2019), Mayberry Scott investigates how the history and values of the Deaf world provides opportunities for how the concepts of voice, silence, and listening can be expanded to include a diverse plurality of embodied experiences. Through utilizing an innovative rhetorical approach of listening deafly to sound, the author asserts that it is possible to understand voice without orality, to experience sound without hearing, and to listen in multi-modal ways to show that all bodies are sound bodies. Scholars of deaf studies, disability studies, and rhetoric will find this book of particular interest.

Industry Reviews

"In a profound exploration of sound and society, this book challenges our conventional understanding of sound and its interplay with deafness. Dissecting age-old misconceptions perpetuated by pop culture and society, the narrative insists that Deaf bodies are sound bodies. They experience the full spectrum of sound, albeit differently, and remind us of the multi-sensory marvel that is the human experience. A must-read for anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of sound, culture, and human connectivity."

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