The Prosthetic Voice



This chapter considers the voice in Beckett’s work in terms of the concept of prosthesis. In Beckett’s case, the inner eye discussed in the previous chapter is inseparable from the inner ear, as suggested in Texts for Nothing: ‘the eye staring behind the lids, the ears straining for a voice not from without’ (CSP 85). But whereas the correlation between the technological and the physical is significant in Beckett’s prosthetic vision, it does not seem to be so in his engagement with sound technologies. In other words, a notion such as the physiological ear or the ‘ear of flesh’ does not appear to be important. This is because the ear as an organ is not highlighted as often as the eye. Instead of the ear itself, the voice is the chief component in Beckett’s concern with the auditory sense.


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