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

By Peter Szendy,Roland Végső

the area of overseas politics has lately been rocked via a probably never-ending sequence of scandals concerning 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 strains the lengthy background of moles from the Bible, via Jeremy Bentham’s “panacoustic” venture, all of the solution to the intelligence-gathering community referred to as “Echelon.” including this archeology of auditory surveillance, Szendy deals a fascinating 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 booklet proposes a brand new proposal 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 loss of life drive.

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