Voice and its Relationship to Representation in Story

Duncan, Don (2022) Voice and its Relationship to Representation in Story. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This PhD by Publication explores voice and its relationship to representation in story. Specifically, it explores story in the context of narrative media. As a source of primary research, this thesis draws on a portfolio of practice-based outputs which I have produced over the past ten years, and which includes: journalistic radio packages, a journalistic video package, a photo essay, a video documentary, a factual animation, a fictional short film, and an experimental hybrid work.

The thesis component of the PhD considers and analyses the role of voice in my work and in narrative media outputs generally. It analyses the unique narrative capacities of both verbal and non-verbal voice within the context of narrative media outputs and explores the methods I used to realise these capacities within my own practice work, both in its fiction and non-fiction manifestations.

This thesis also asks whether (and to what degree) criticality and power are consequences of the uses of voice in narrative media outputs. A particular focus is placed on the facilitation of audience criticality through the use of vocal layering techniques. The consequences for power resulting from the use of voice are considered in two ways: firstly, power dynamics between producers and participants involved in the production of narrative media outputs, and secondly, dynamics between people/‘characters’ contained within narrative media outputs.

My original contributions to knowledge are i) new ideas and applications of verbal and nonverbal voice in narrative media production; and ii) a revision of existing ideas in documentary theory concerning voice, particularly in relation to how combining and layering voice affects representation and power.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Publication
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Kitty Laine
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 11:16
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 11:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90203

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