All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage by Peter Szendy,Roland Végső

By Peter Szendy,Roland Végső

the realm of foreign politics has lately been rocked through a doubtless never-ending sequence of scandals related to auditory surveillance: the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is in simple terms the main sensational instance of what seems to be a common perform this present day. what's the resource of this generalized precept of eavesdropping?

All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage lines the lengthy historical past of moles from the Bible, via Jeremy Bentham’s “panacoustic” undertaking, the entire technique to the intelligence-gathering community known as “Echelon.” including this archeology of auditory surveillance, Szendy bargains an interesting account of spycraft’s representations in literature (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Joyce, Kafka, Borges), opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Berg), and picture (Lang, Hitchcock, Coppola, De Palma).

Following within the footsteps of Orpheus, the e-book proposes a brand new idea of “overhearing” that connects the act of spying to an over the top intensification of listening. on the middle of listening Szendy locates the ear of the opposite that manifests itself because the originary department of a “split-hearing” that turns the force for mastery and surveillance into the demise drive.

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