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The Novel and the Multispecies Soundscape (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature)

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The contemporary novel is not as silent as we tend to believe, nor does it only attend to human plots and characters. As this book shows, writers in a range of subgenres have devoted considerable attention to the voices of nonhuman animals, and to the histories and technologies of listening that shape twenty-first-century cultures and environments. In doing so, their multispecies novels illuminate the cultural meanings we attach to creatures like dogs, frogs, whales, chimpanzees, and Tasmanian tigers – not to mention various bird species and even plants. At the same time, these stories explore the attitudes of distinct communities of human listeners, ranging from vets and musicians to chimp caretakers and sonar technicians. In highlighting animal sounds and their cultural meanings, these novels by authors including Amitav Ghosh, Julia Leigh, Richard Powers, Karen Joy Fowler, Cormac McCarthy, and Han Kang also enrich pressing debates about species extinction, sound pollution, nonhuman communication, and human-animal relations. As we are violently reshaping the planet, they invite us to reimagine our own humanity and animality – and to rethink how we tell stories about multispecies contact zones and their complex soundscapes.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9783030301217
ISBN-10: 3030301214
Pagini: 293
Dimensiuni: 148 x 210 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: 1st ed. 2020
Editura: Springer
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Seria Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Locul publicării: Cham, Switzerland

Cuprins

1. Introduction: Multispecies Fictions and Their Acoustic Contact Zones
2. Biodiversity’s Bandwidth
3. Polyphony Beyond the Human
4. Multispecies Multilingualism
5. Reading the Animal Pulse
6. Whale Song in Submarine Fiction
7. Conclusion: Sonic Curiosity at the End of the World


Notă biografică

Ben De Bruyn teaches English Literature at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He is the co-editor of Literature Now (2016) and the author of several articles on contemporary fi ction and the environmental humanities in journals like Studies in the Novel and Textual Practice.


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“This book is an ambitious and original piece of literary criticism that recounts
the presence of multispecies soundscapes in twenty-first-century fiction and
their functions as human responses to/engagement with nonhuman sound. De
Bruyn pulls the frameworks of contemporary literature, animal studies and
sound studies together to tell us that there are many ways to listen to the natural
world, and that contemporary literature should not be underestimated for the opportunities it offers to do so.”
— Lucile Desblache, Professor of Translation and Transcultural Studies,
University of Roehampton, UK


The contemporary novel is not as silent as we tend to believe, nor does it only
attend to human plots and characters. As this book shows, writers in a range of
subgenres have devoted considerable attention to the voices of nonhuman
animals, and to the histories and technologies of listening that shape twenty-
first-century cultures and environments. In doing so, their multispecies novels
illuminate the cultural meanings we attach to creatures like dogs, frogs, whales,
chimpanzees, and Tasmanian tigers – not to mention various bird species and
even plants. At the same time, these stories explore the attitudes of distinct
communities of human listeners, ranging from vets and musicians to chimp
caretakers and sonar technicians. In highlighting animal sounds and their cultural
meanings, these novels by authors including Amitav Ghosh, Julia Leigh, Richard
Powers, Karen Joy Fowler, Cormac McCarthy, and Han Kang also enrich pressing
debates about species extinction, sound pollution, nonhuman communication,
and human-animal relations. As we are violently reshaping the planet, they invite
us to reimagine our own humanity and animality – and to rethink how we tell
stories about multispecies contact zones and their complex soundscapes.


Ben De Bruyn teaches English Literature at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve,
Belgium. He is the co-editor of Literature Now (2016) and the author of several
articles on contemporary fi ction and the environmental humanities in journals
like Studies in the Novel and Textual Practice.

Caracteristici

offers the first systematic account of nonhuman sound in literature, a subject that is relevant to scholars and students in comparative literature, animal studies, sound/media studies, and the environmental humanities;
rethinks the form, function, and history of the novel by challenging anthropocentric views of character, setting, and reading;
provides a fresh perspective on pressing debates about biodiversity, sound pollution, nonhuman communication, human-animal relations, and climate change.