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MM 9503 Reading List

Making Sense of Sound, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof. John Mowitt
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Making Sense of Sound

ARTF 3014 and ARTF5009M or MM9503


Reading List


All readings are core readings.


*Adorno, Theodor. “Part One: The Idea of Radio Physiognomics” from Currents of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory.  Ed. Robert Hullot-Kentor. New York: Polity, 2009. 43 – 73.


*Barthes, Roland and R. Havas. “Listening” from The Responsibilities of Form: Critical Essays on Music, Art and Representation. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992. 245 – 260. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


*Benjamin, Walter. “Lichtenberg: A Cross Section” from Radio Benjamin. Ed. Lecia Rosenthal. New York and London: Verso 2014. 334 – 359.


*Bijsterveld, Karin. “’The City of Din’: Decibels, Noise and Neighbours in the Netherlands, 1910 – 1980” from Osiris 8 (2003):173 – 193.


*Calvino, Italo. “A King Listens” from Under the Jaguar Sun. Trans. William Weaver. London: Vintage, 1992. 31 – 64.


*Cusick, Suzanne. “Toward an Acoustemology of Detention in the Global War on Terror,” from Music, Sound, Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience. Ed. Georgina Born. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013. 275 – 291.


*Kafka, Franz. “The Burrow” from The Burrow: Posthumously Published Short Fiction. Trans. Michael Hofmann. London: Penguin, 2017. 183 – 220.


*Nancy, Jean-Luc. “Ascoltando” from Listen: A History of Our Ears. Trans. Charlotte Mandrell.  New York: Fordham, 2008. vix – xiii.


*___. “Sense and Truth” from The Sense of the World. Trans. Jeffrey Librett. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2008. 12 – 15. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


*Reznikoff, Iegor. “On the Sound Related to Painted Caves and Rocks” from Sounds Like Theory. Eds. Janne Ikäeimo, Anna-Kaisa Salmi and Tiina Äikäs. Helsinki: Archaeological Society of Finland, 2014. 101 – 109. Available Online Here


*Rosolato, Guy. “The Voice: Between Body and Language” from Voices. Ed. Christopher Phillips. Rotterdam: Distributed Art Publishers, 1998. No pagination. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


*Schafer, R. Murray. “Introduction,” from Soundscapes: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1977. 3 – 12 (plus notes).


*Stoever, Jennifer Lynn. “Fine Tuning the Sonic Colour Line: Radio and the Acousmatic Du Bois,” from Modernist Cultures 10.1 (2015): 99 – 118.


*Szendy, Peter. “Entrance: The Spies of Jericho” and “Discipline and Listen” from All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage. Trans. Roland Végsō. New York: Fordham, 2017. 1 - 7 and 9 - 23 (plus notes, 124 – 127).  


*Thoreau, Henry David. “Sounds” from Walden, Civil Disobedience and Other Writings. Ed. William Rossi. New York: Norton, 2016. 78 – 90. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


*Weheliye, Alexander. “The Grooves of Temporality” from Public Culture 17:2 (spring 2005): 319 – 338.

This list was last updated on 29/11/2021