Volume 9   Number 1     Fall 2015

The Materiality of the Body Speaking Its Mother Tongue: About Dialogues and
   Phenomena of Resonance

Ingvild Folkvord
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Marion Lauschke
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

pp. 159-175

ABSTRACT: This paper deals with the notion of “dialogue” as it is used in DST and questions its reach. Our main goal is to expand the investigation of human communication beyond the confines of a linguistically based idea of dialogue. To this end, we link up to current research that focuses on aesthetic experience conceived as an interaction between artefact and recipient, and we introduce the notion of “bodily resonance”. Our alternative framing draws upon the concepts of “vitality form matching” by Daniel Stern and “dynamic patterns of relation” by Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann. First, we describe the phenomenon at stake by using the example of an orally performed poem and its effects on the listener. Secondly, we reframe these phenomena within the Dyadic System Approach (DSA) and highlight how DSA can be applied to different directions of research, whether in early mother-child interaction as clarified in Marie-Cécile Bertau’s work or in aesthetic experience as investigated in our own. In the concluding part, we outline the most significant implications of our approach not only for dialogical theory but also for contemporary aesthetics.


Keywords: aesthetic experience, resonance, voice, orally performed poetry, dyadic system approach, dynamic patterns of relation, forms of vitality