Journal article

The sound of the perpetrator – thoughts on trauma and voice in Big Little Lies

Juliet Rogers

Law Text Culture | University of Wollongong | Published : 2020


Sound is as much part of the atmospheres of justice as is touch or image or even smell. Sound gets into the body and it leaves a mark. Sometimes that mark can be called violence, sometimes harm, and sometimes a crime. In this article I discuss how sound, as voice as well as the other nebulous sonic elements, such as grunts, shuffles and sighs, can leave a mark that can be called trauma. Using psychoanalysis I discuss theories of trauma as they intersect with experiences of sound in the courtroom as well as in fictional narratives. I examine the mark of trauma, as an experience of rape, as it appeared in the series Big Little Lies and I discuss how it can appear in the courtroom using psychoa..

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University of Melbourne Researchers