The sovereign’s broken voice. On the cinematic politics of representation

Isabel Capeloa Gil*

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By looking at the narrative and cinematic performance of speech impediments in films dealing with the preparation and aftermath of conflict, namely Alexander Sokurov’s The Sun (2005) and Tom Hooper’s (2011)The King’s Speech, the essay discusses the meaning of the visual performance of voice in film and the role of broadcasted voice in the construction of sovereign subjectivity during and after World War II. It contends that the crisis of voice is largely indicative of a lack in subjectivity in the 20th century and a sign of the wider crisis of political voice in the conflict-torn western world after 9/11.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediations of disruption in post-conflict cinema
EditorsAdriana Martins, Alexandra Lopes, Mónica Dias
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781137575203
ISBN (Print)9781137575197
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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