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Title: SINGING THE DARK TIMES: THE SONIC POLITICS OF SONG IN ALI SMITH’S SEASONAL QUARTET
Authors: YIP SZE KAY
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2022
Citation: YIP SZE KAY (2022-04-11). SINGING THE DARK TIMES: THE SONIC POLITICS OF SONG IN ALI SMITH’S SEASONAL QUARTET. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis is about the sonic politics of song in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet. Published between 2016 to 2020, the series comprises four books, each written in four months and published within the year of its writing in response to significant events of that year. The Quartet draws parallels between past and contemporary events to grapple with the lived sense of “now” as singularly new and as a cyclical reiteration of longer histories. If, as Smith suggests, the politics of division that characterise the present are nothing new, then alternative possibilities for political participation are needed. In this thesis, I contend that such possibilities can be found in the element of song in the Quartet. As I will show, the Quartet positions song as capable of destroying divisions to reveal fundamental connections between seemingly opposed sides, enabling us to find alternative modes of political intervention by drawing on the resources offered by the “other side.”
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/228013
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