Krayer, Isabella: Between the Visual and the Aural: Elias Canetti’s "The Voices of Marrakesh", in Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin und Messner, Anna Sophia (Hrsg.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Band 9), S. 196–202. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.766.c10425

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Isabella Krayer

Between the Visual and the Aural

Elias Canetti’s "The Voices of Marrakesh"

Abstract This chapter is concerned with the deconstruction of the vi­sual, and by extension visuality, as a hegemonial concept and takes Elias Canetti’s The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit (1967) as its subject. Al­ready in its title, Canetti emphasizes hearing rather than seeing. The book, which is divided into fourteen short-story-like chapters, both fragmentarily and phenomenologically describes Canetti’s experiences and encounters in Marrakesh from the perspective of a foreign visitor. Ultimately, The Voic­es of Marrakesh is concerned with language itself, as it poetically displays and enacts the culturality of the senses through a complex web of encoun­ters.

Keywords Elias Canetti, The Voices of Marrakesh, Deconstructing Visual­ity, Aurality, Fragmentary Perception