Sounding alien, touching the future : beyond the sonorous limit in science fiction film

Redmond, Sean 2011, Sounding alien, touching the future : beyond the sonorous limit in science fiction film, New review of film and television studies, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 42-56.

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Title Sounding alien, touching the future : beyond the sonorous limit in science fiction film
Author(s) Redmond, Sean
Journal name New review of film and television studies
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 42
End page 56
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1740-0309
1740-7923
Keyword(s) sounding alien
alien alterity
deterritorialization
sounding time
maternal
monstrous soundings
sounding sublime
Summary In this paper I examine two particular aspects of sounding science fiction film: first, the ulterior, Othering sounds of the alien, whether it is creature, object, technology or environment; and second, the soundscape that accompanies or underscores the type of space travel that crosses temporal and spatial thresholds. In both instances of sounding science fiction film I suggest that human limits are reached and breached, leading to a deterritorialization of the self and a hearing that touches the future which is a moment of pure becoming. I focus on the womanly sonority of the alien to suggest that patriarchal and heterosexist sound devices can be ultimately corrupted. In the analysis of sounding space travel I suggest that science film can create a series of moments in which one experiences the double sublime. This spectacular rendering of a liquid chaos enables the viewer to experience the logic of sensation beyond bodily integrity. In this paper my over-arching position is one that hears in science fiction film the profound potential of a radical alterity that exists beyond the sonorous limit.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033773

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