Phononostalgia is a hybrid of conceptual research and creative practices (creative writing and audio performances) that circles around an examination of different notions of ‘voice’ in speech and writing. Written from the perspective of an ‘I’ who is besotted with the voice, the piece stages a series of fruitless attempts to capture the ‘I’s’ object of desire. In a fictocritical movement of reiteration the work recites (allusions to) songs, films, a play, an ancient myth and academic discourses and exposes ‘phononostalgia’, the sentimental longing for a notion of voice that is unaffected by poststructural interventions, as an intractable condition that is deeply engrained in traditional theories of speech and writing. In a parallel move—initiated by the interference of two imaginary telephone operators—the sentimental reaffirmation of simplified perspectives is interrupted and deconstructive overtones are introduced. Using the example of the echoic structure of the paper and the citational practices that are used to weave its texture, ‘voice’ is presented as a mode of repeatability understood as Derridean ‘iterability’ that puts notions of self, identity, presence, authorship, originality, authenticity, meaning, message, truth, knowledge, communication and hierarchical binaries (e.g. speech-writing, nature-culture) under erasure. Keywords: voice, listening, fictocriticism, deconstruction
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TEXT : journal of writing and writing courses, 15(1)