Hearing the Voice in the Guardian

Samuel Beckett's "Quad" Molly Fitzpatrick - Artsaha! 2006

Samuel Beckett’s “Quad”” by Molly Fitzpatrick – Artsaha! 2006. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

A series of articles on voice-hearing, written by researchers on the Hearing the Voice project, have recently been published online in The Guardian

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:

Other articles exploring the phenomenon from philosophical and psychological perspectives include:

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.


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