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El Lenguaje de las Cosas: El Sonido y la Voz en el Arte y Literatura de Bolivia (2000-2019)

Corzon Cortez, Naira G (2024) El Lenguaje de las Cosas: El Sonido y la Voz en el Arte y Literatura de Bolivia (2000-2019). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation delves into the work of five contemporary Bolivian artists and writers from the perspective of sound and voice. It specifically explores the continuity between the human and non-human through voice and sound. Focusing on cultural objects from 2000-2019, it examines works that accompany political processes in the era of Evo Morales and conflictive environmental policies in the era of the Anthropocene. The dissertation principally aims to inaugurate a methodology grounded in sound and voice studies that is attentive to Bolivia's fraught literacy history stemming from colonialism, as well as the region's profound cultural heterogeneity. Sound and voice as an epistemology could allow perceptions beyond those relegated by an ocularcentric perspective. They may also enable a less violent transition between orality and writing, by realizing that sound is a universal generator of meaning that transcends language and media. Sound allows for a radical continuity and an exploration of vibrational ontology (Goodman). The cultural products analyzed through a sonic perspective in this dissertation reveal the non-human voice in the work of Andres Bedoya, a utopia of coexistence in a radically heterogeneous environment in the work of Elysia Crampton, the fragmentation of reality through violent procedures of silencing and silence in the writings of Liliana Colanzi and Giovanna Rivero, as well as the absence and desensitization of the “Other’s” voice exposed by Ozzo Ukumari’s sonic-haptic sculptures.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corzon Cortez, Naira Gngc9@pitt.edungc9
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDuchesne-Winter,
Committee MemberMaría Sotomayor-Miletti,
Committee MemberBalderston, Danieldaniel,
Committee MemberMaría Paz-Soldán,
Date: 10 January 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2022
Approval Date: 10 January 2024
Submission Date: 15 November 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 215
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Voice, Sound, Bolivia, non-human, silence, Anthropocene
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2024 14:44
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 14:44


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