Peter Szendy (Université Paris Ouest) The Art of Listening: Marking, Auscultating, Punctuating

February 25, 2014 - 5:15pm - 7:15pm

19th-century claqueurs (what Berlioz called the system of "paid applause") should be studied seriously as an example of how listening essentially consists in marking aurally. Through a close-reading of various documents and works (a remarkable L'Art de la Claque published in 1817, Nietzsche's correspondence with his friend Peter Gast, or some Hitchcock scenes from The Man Who Knew Too Much and Torn Curtain), the lecture will suggest that listening can be understood as the practice of auditory punctuation.