This essay uses the popular vocal pedagogy of voice teacher Kristin Linklater as a paradigmatic example to interpret the discourse-practices of voice training within a Foucauldian framework as a form of subjectivation in contemporary US culture. In Schlichter’s cultural analysis, complemented by participatory research, voice work appears both as a disciplinary regime that ties the student to a version of an authentic self via the “natural” voice and as a current version of the “care of self,” as Foucault calls somatic strategies of experimentation with the self, that opens venues to physical and psychic emotional transformation.

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