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The Effects of Voice in Isak Dinesen's "The Dreamers"


Straumann, Barbara (2009). The Effects of Voice in Isak Dinesen's "The Dreamers". Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich, 17:157-171.

Abstract

Isak Dinesen’s “The Dreamers” highlights issues of voice on several levels. The story thematically revolves around the singer Pellegrina Leoni who loses her voice in an accident. As well as tracing how her voice dissolves and resonates in Dinesen’s writing, this article shows how voice can be conceptualized for a discussion of narrative texts. Although there are no concrete voices in this literary genre that can actually be heard, it is in the voice effects of narrative fiction that the aesthetic and the political enter into close dialogue.

Abstract

Isak Dinesen’s “The Dreamers” highlights issues of voice on several levels. The story thematically revolves around the singer Pellegrina Leoni who loses her voice in an accident. As well as tracing how her voice dissolves and resonates in Dinesen’s writing, this article shows how voice can be conceptualized for a discussion of narrative texts. Although there are no concrete voices in this literary genre that can actually be heard, it is in the voice effects of narrative fiction that the aesthetic and the political enter into close dialogue.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:November 2009
Deposited On:16 Dec 2009 07:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2017 08:39
Publisher:Peter Lang
ISSN:1424-7631
Official URL:http://www.variations.uzh.ch/index.html

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