A Summary Of Mary Ann Doane's "The Voice In The Cinema: The Articulation Of Body And Space"

537 words - 2 pages

Mary Ann Doane discusses the use of voice in cinematic presentation in this article. She determines the acceptance of voice by the viewer by defining the phantasmatic body of a film. This body is the replica created by the technology itself. It is the body of the character and of the film. Voices within a cinematic presentation are assumed by the audience to come from this body, even if they are off-screen voices.The acceptance of this off-screen voice by the audience is dependent on an understanding of space within the cinema itself. It relies on an understanding that the frame of the visual image does not limit the aural space. Even the physical confines of the theater itself are not the limit of the diegesis or aural telling of the story. Though the visual story is limited, the audience accepts auditory input from outside the frame. The audience connects this input to the phantasmatic body in and of the film. "The traditional use of voice-off constitutes a denial of the frame as a limit and an affirmation of the unity and homogeneity of the depicted space" (Doane, 1980)Doane defines three distinct spaces that are put into play for cinematic action. These are the space of the diegesis, the visible space, and the acoustical space. The diegesis is the space constructed by the film. It is physically limitless encompassing all that is portrayed within the film, including all visual and auditory cues. The visible space of the film is that which is contained in the viewing frame - the screen itself. This space is recognized as...

Find Another Essay On A summary of Mary Ann Doane's "The Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space"

The summary of Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

990 words - 4 pages natural philosophy quickly became an obsession. He was particularly fascinated with the human frame and the principle of life. After four years of fanatic studying, not keeping in contact with his family, he was able to "bestow animation upon lifeless matter" and created a monster of gigantic proportion from assembled body parts taken from graveyards, slaughterhouses and dissecting rooms. As soon as the creature opened his eyes, however, the

Western ideologies and Cinema: The Paralles between the Cold War and the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1103 words - 4 pages In order to get an idea of the values, belief systems and overall ideologies of a culture, it is sometimes helpful to look at the stories that culture tells; whether it is through their art, literature or even cinema. In Western culture, cinema plays a very large role in this story telling. Many movies accurately depict social attitudes, and individual behaviors of the American public. One of these movies is Invasion of the Body

A Comparison of Hardy's After A Journey and The Voice

1718 words - 7 pages A Comparison of Hardy's After A Journey and The Voice We have been looking at two of Hardy’s poem s in great depth, The Voice and After A Journey. Both of these poems were written by Thomas Hardy, who besides an author was also an architect. The two poems are set in the countryside. In The Voice, we can see this because of the kind of climate described, “Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward.” In

The Use of Racial Stereotype in Cinema

2003 words - 8 pages The issue of racial stereotyping in cinema has largely been discussed by critics over the course of cinematic history. The negative portrayal of the Native American, for example, is rampant in the early Western film genre. Native Americans are, more often than not, portrayed as vicious savages, hell-bent on senselessly scalping and murdering as many ‘innocent’ (white?) American settlers as possible. Individuals of a darker skin colour, such as

The Reception of Violence in Japanese Cinema:

5025 words - 20 pages the audience in this state of routine cinematic comfort Miike rips away the safety net and drags his spectators into a protracted torture scene. Asami smiles as she as she begins to perform her torture on her now husband Aoyama, she sits up straight and in a hushed comforting whisper tells her husband how she will got about her torture, which will end in her sawing off his feet with piano wire. As she sits on top of his paralyzed body with

Bob Dylan: The Voice of a Generation

1318 words - 5 pages that this country was engaged in a bloody stalemate in the jungles of Southeast Asia, but because we were gradually transforming into a new, better America back home. Because these tumultuous times were so important in shaping the country, Bob Dylan, a legendary songwriter, became the voice of an entire generation, and therefore, an unlikely icon amidst the other titans of American history. Perhaps the most famous man ever born in frosty

Frederick Douglass: The Voice of a Movement

1417 words - 6 pages Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass is an empowering tale of a slave that faces some of the worst scenarios imaginable and manages to keep that slim sliver of hope alive until he reaches the ultimate goal of being a free man. Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass was not only an autobiography about Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in the abolition of slavery. The autobiography was used as a tool to support and

Analysis of the way voice and dialogue are used in a passage from "Pride and Prejudice".

1090 words - 4 pages draw the sympathy of the reader to her and to trust the narrator. The 'general pause' of this sentence is followed by 'short silence' in the next which serves to underline our identification with Elizabeth's dread of what her mother may say next. The telling of the silence is as important as the dialogue, without this we would be unaware of the full nature of the social awkwardness. The narrator moves into a description Of Mrs. Bennets thanks

Analysis of the way voice and dialogue are used in a passage from Pride and Predjudice.

1129 words - 5 pages Hurst and Mr Darcy (notably not Mr Bingley) will be ridiculing not just her family, but also herself. Perhaps she is embarrassed by her earlier outburst. In the same sentence the narrator tells us that Mr Darcy does not join in the ridicule of 'her', a fact of which Elizabeth remains ignorant, becoming an example of Elizabeth's misjudgement of him. It also intimates that Darcy may have joined in the 'censure' of the others.The narrative voice

The Sound of Music in Piano and Voice

966 words - 4 pages implements necessary are housed in the human body. As a wind instrument, the voice requires air. Air can be found in the lungs and forced up the windpipe. The pushed air vibrates the voice box, creating sound. Chest and head cavities then magnify the sound. In order to shape the sound into coherent words and phrases, the mouth, including the teeth and tongue, is utilized (“Singing”). Individuals all sing at different ranges. Generally, people have a one

Typee And The Voice Of Herman Mellville

1018 words - 4 pages The use of voice is an all-important tool in the art of storytelling. The voice of the author or main characters is easily changed to reflect the common themes and feelings in the story. In the Herman Melville novel Typee, Melville puts his voice in to the story through the use of the main character Tommo. At times Melville gives Tommo a sympathetic voice that is concerned with other characters as well as himself. Although Tommo has a

Similar Essays

Reading Between The Lines: Use Of Space And Body Language In Caryl Churchill's 'top Girls'

1798 words - 7 pages The question of how body-language and space are used in Caryl Churchill's `Top Girls' is interesting. A traditional view exists that a play is dictated by the text to the extent that the actors ought not to deviate from a pure reading. This theory emphasises authorial control and allows performers little opportunity to interpret the text for the audience. A competing view is that a play is a complete entity only when performed, aiming for a

Discuss The Significance Of Mary Shelley’s Decision To Give The Monster In Frankenstein An Articulate Voice.

1042 words - 5 pages articulate voice is largely responsible for this affinity, strengthened by the universal torment that the voice is being used to express. The intensity of feeling that the creature demonstrates is perhaps most present in the adolescent mind, Mary Shelley wrote the novel in her late teens and her own insecurities are no doubt detectable in her prose. The monster’s ability to express this angst aligns his struggle with the path towards adulthood; the

Concepts Of The Body, Medicine And Madness In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

2742 words - 11 pages if Victor sees in his creation the breakdown of the concept of man into an irreconcilable diversity of individuals, a breakdown, disordered, monstrous affair.’ (Daniel Cottom, Frankenstein and the Monster of Representation: 1980). Robert W. Anderson furthers this point in his article; Body Parts That Matter: Frankenstein, or The Modern Cyborg? He explores the postmodern effects, the ambiguity of space in which the creature occupies like that

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, And Harriet Ann Jacobs’ Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

1370 words - 5 pages within ourselves. Even leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. had tactics that he would practice when in front of national leaders, and those which he incorporated into his daily and personal life as a means to remain strong. We can observe this “micro-level resistance” to relevant injustices through the lives of individuals such as portrayed in two novels: Kate Chopin’s fictional work, The Awakening, and Harriet Ann Jacobs’ slave narrative and