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Listening–Feeling–Becoming: Cinema Surveillance

Mera, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0031-0629 (2021). Listening–Feeling–Becoming: Cinema Surveillance. In: Cenciarelli, C. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cinematic Listening. (pp. 407-426). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190853617.013.23


This chapter explores the sensory evolution of cinematic representations of surveillance, with a particular focus on the role of sound in shaping what I call the corpo-“real.” Cinematic representations of surveillance initially used sound to make “real” their affective and embodied impact but then evolve into bodies that are, literally, embedded within the surveillant apparatus. At the same time, the intensifying modes of embodied surveillance representation diminish the importance of discrete listening, which becomes subsumed within the audiovisual/body amalgam. I trace some of the ways in which surveillance has shifted its attention from the audible, and the sensory, to the embodied. As surveillance in society has expanded and intensified, film has attempted to grapple with challenging questions of interiority and exteriority through a journey from listening through feeling to becoming.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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