Ana Marcia Ochoa Gautier
Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia
Duke University Press 2014
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Latin American StudiesNew Books in MusicNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Sound StudiesNew Books Network April 17, 2015 Alejandra Bronfman
Beyond what people say, what their voices sound like matters. Voice, as Ana Marcia Ochoa Gautier argues in this marvelous new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia(Duke University Press, 2014), was embedded in 19th-century conversations and debates about the boundaries between nature and culture, between the civilized and barbaric, between inclusion or marginalization in a public civic sphere. Set in Colombia but relevant for much of Latin America and the Caribbean, the book draws on brilliant interpretations of the sonorous written archive to take up questions of sound, inscription and the epistemological and ontological status of voice. The book will prompt new formulations in both Sound Studies and Latin American Studies.