No 09 (2009)


0 09 2009

Voice stands as a defining feature of the arts; even its absence is crucial to interpreting meaning. The issue of voice is central to cultures throughout history, to different genres, styles, and periods. A voice of the people, a voice of one's own, and a writer's voice - each depicts the importance of voice to subjectivity and subject-formation, to origins and originality. Stephen M. Ross describes voice as the essence of a story, noting that "a story - its persons and places, its deeds and disappointments - may be nothing more than the voice that tells it." The same is true for a story told in any medium, through art, music, film, drama, literature: it has, in Ross's words, "no existence without voice, before or after voice, beyond or behind voice."

Voice serves a crucial role in the development of our own subjectivity and sense of identity, but can there be such a thing as an objective voice? We need to problematise the concept of voice, its possible meanings and implications. How can voices be employed and created in different mediums, and to what effect? Who is given a voice, to whom is it denied, and what are the implications of voice versus silence? And what of non-human voices? How are voices used in dialogue to explore, to express, to create, to question? How has voice been wielded to achieve such aims, and can it be? Can it be truly captured, can it be manipulated?

Editors: Lena Wånggren & Ally Crockford

Table of Contents

Guest Articles

The World of African Storytelling PDF
Isidore Okpewho


The inevitable need to speak in order to be: On the loss of voice in two plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker PDF
Sophie Bush
‘Whatever people say I am…’: Multiple voices on screen and page in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. PDF
David Forrest
The Old Woman in the Cave of Lust: Edmund Spenser's Silenced Feminine Voices in The Faerie Queene PDF
Colleen E. Kennedy
Irish voices for Irish visions: Gael Linn’s documentary film projects PDF
Heather Macdougall
Computer Error: Voices and Translations in Edwin Morgan’s Science Fiction Poetry PDF
Russell Jones
To Speak or Not to Speak: An Encounter with J. M. Coetzee's Foe PDF
Laura Tansley
Adam Wadenius
“Child’s Own Voice”: Representing the Child Audience PDF
Lynn Whitaker