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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, doi: 10.1080/17400309.2011.521717.

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Title Sounding alien, touching the future : beyond the sonorous limit in science fiction film
Author(s) Redmond, SeanORCID iD for 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
Keyword(s) sounding alien
alien alterity
sounding time
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
DOI 10.1080/17400309.2011.521717
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
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