This course will explore ventriloquism as a literary and cultural phenomenon. What does it mean to “throw” one’s voice? How is a ventriloquized voice different from one’s “own”? Why has the possibility of ventriloquism stimulated the literary imagination from the ancient world to the present?
Discussion will focus on novels, poems, plays, films, and essays bearing on the relationship between voice and body. Requirements include voice-throwing and other in-class exercises, contributions to a class wiki, frequent short papers and a final exam.