New PDF release: All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage

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By Peter Szendy,Roland Végső

the realm of foreign politics has lately been rocked through a possible unending sequence of scandals regarding auditory surveillance: the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is in basic terms the main sensational instance of what seems to be a common perform this day. what's the resource of this generalized precept of eavesdropping?

All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage lines the lengthy heritage of moles from the Bible, via Jeremy Bentham’s “panacoustic” undertaking, all of the strategy to the intelligence-gathering community referred to as “Echelon.” including this archeology of auditory surveillance, Szendy bargains a fascinating account of spycraft’s representations in literature (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Joyce, Kafka, Borges), opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Berg), and movie (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 center 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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