In Sound and Society’s first meeting of the spring quarter, we welcome Ana Ilievska (Comparative Literature), who will share a draft of her dissertation chapter, entitled:


“Can the Machine Speak? Words and Tools in Vico, Heidegger, and Eça de Queirós”

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Logan 802

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Writes Ana, “Thank you for taking the time to read through this (still rough and incomplete) draft of one of my dissertation chapters. As you will see, the argument is still choppy. In particular, I am currently working on fleshing out the connection between Vico, Heidegger, and Eça’s novel, as well as on the structure of the literary analysis itself (thematic or chronological units?). There are three conceptual categories that are relevant to my project: 1) the domain of the non-human (here specifically: things, objects, machines, technology); 2) the domain of sound (language, speech, voice, noise); and finally, 3) the human itself. Language is almost exclusively associated with the human, and this is precisely what I seek to destabilize and expand in my dissertation by analyzing what could be perceived as a language of technology (noise?), with the intent of moving beyond mere metaphor.”

Click to view the paper here. (Please do not cite or circulate)

Special thanks to Devon Borowski for serving as respondent. Refreshments will be served.

Persons who believe they may require accommodations to participate fully in this event should contact the coordinator, Bradley Spiers at or Amy Skjerseth at in advance.

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