The series explores the scientific, philosophical and literary aspects of hearing voices. Topics covered include the latest research into voice-hearing in people who do not have a psychiatric diagnosis, the neural mechanisms underlying ordinary inner speech and experiences of hearing voices.
Of particular relevance to literature, correspondents have explored the representation of voices and inner speech in works such as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Hilary Mantell’s Beyond Black and Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu.
The series also contains the interim findings of the “Writers’ Inner Voices” project – a qualitative study of literary creativity, designed to explore the complex ways in which writers experience the voices, presence and agency of the characters and people they bring to life.
Posts written by researchers within English are:
- Marco Bernini, Samuel Beckett’s articulation of unceasing inner speech
- Patricia Waugh, Hilary Mantel and Virginia Woolf on the sounds in writers’ minds
- Peter Garratt, Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds
- Jennifer Hodgson, How do writers find their voices?
Other articles exploring the phenomenon from philosophical and psychological perspectives include:
- Ben Alderson-Day, Do you hear voices? You are not alone
- Peter Moseley, Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head
- Sam Wilkinson and Felicity Deamer, Talking to the Voices in our Heads
Hearing the Voice would like to thank the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the editors of Guardian Books and Guardian Science for making the series possible, and providing the project with such a fantastic opportunity to reach new audiences and engage the public in its research.