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Voices in our heads: Peter Pesic on polyphony

They are consistently struck by the drastic change that happens when their study of monophonic Gregorian chants gives way to medieval music — which has many voices ... about polyphony, it certainly so... read more

A Multiplicity of Voices: On the Polyphonic Novel

Reared in the dressing rooms of the 18th century, the novel can often seem out of place in our age of LOLcats and Angry Birds. But in spite of its advanced age and sometimes stuffy reputation, the old ... read more

Author Rick Harsch returns to La Crosse area for book about Evelyn Hartley mystery

including a chance to participate in the creation of the polyphonic audio book. “Voices After Evelyn” is a fictional take on true crime inspired by the real, still-unsolved 1953 disappearance of La Cr... read more

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‘White Teeth’ Makes a Big-Hearted, but Bumpy, Transition to the Stage

While you can understand the creators’ shared desire to exult in the vocal polyphony that exists just beyond the Kiln’s front door (Ms. Smith’s novel is set in a nearby ... long based in London, to vo... read more


Seven New Faces on Campus: Meet the New Tenure-Track Faculty

My book project, Frontier Justice ... Broadly, I am interested in teaching students about the polyphony of voices and interpretations that make up history, and immersing them in the lives of people wh... read more

World War I: is it right to blame the Treaty of Versailles for the rise of Hitler?

Indeed, his now-famous 1919 tome, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, became a regular topic for debate in interwar book clubs and ... to hear commentators voice such views. read more

Porous to the World Around Me: The Writing of Valeria Luiselli

VALERIA LUISELLI SPEAKS with an accent ... Indeed, Luiselli’s unusual polyphony asserts itself everywhere as multiplicity. “When I’m working on a book I always write, almost simultaneously, in two lan... read more

Akil Kumarasamy: ‘Borders are a colonial dream’

Kumarasamy also experiments with voice throughout, alternating between the first, second and third person. It was a concerted attempt at capturing polyphony. “Switching from different points of view a... read more

George Saunders’s New Novel — His First — Is Very, Very Weird

George Saunders ... polyphonic approach can be dizzying. It’s also disappointing. Saunders is one of the most thrilling prose writers alive. Across several collections he’s reinvented his style many t... read more

A Crime Novelist Investigates Cuba’s Polyphonic Past

A large and dense sponge-cake of a novel. Each layer to this large and dense sponge-cake of a novel has a historicity that defines its voice, ethics, and subject matter. Conde in contemporary Havana s... read more



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