Voice in the Cultural Soundscape: Sonic Literacy in Composition Studies

by Michelle Comstock and Mary E. Hocks



Sonic Literacy as Embodied Knowledge

Technological Literacies of Sound

Classroom Opportunities in Sonic Literacy

Voices in Soundscapes

Voice and Gender

Voice and Culture

Voices of Social Conscience



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10. Notes

1. Just as visual rhetoric (and quantum physics for that matter) assumes one has sight, a rhetoric of sound assumes one can hear. This essay does not explore the relationships among sign languages, Braille, and so on, for multimedia rhetoric.

2. Zizek does privilege sight in his definition of ideology:

One can thus categorically assert the existence of ideology qua generative matrix that regulates the relationship between visible and non-visible, between imaginable and non-imaginable, as well as the changes in this relationship. (1)

While tracing Zizek’s historical and conceptual mapping of ideology is beyond the scope of this article, we find his matrix metaphor a useful one for expanding our experience of ideology beyond visual representation and the spectre of illusion.

3. Batille Endowment for Teaching the Humanities (BETHA) supported the institute through a grant to The Ohio State University.


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