Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature

Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative

Sounding the Disaster

Authors: Hart, Heidi

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  • Appeals to scholars working in literature, musicology, media studies, and environmental humanities
  • Considers music as environmental art within a narrative context
  • Draws on theories of intermediality and textual performativity
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Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative: Sounding the Disaster investigates the active role of music in film and fiction portraying climate crisis. From contemporary science fiction and environmental film to “Anthropocene opera,” the most arresting eco-narratives draw less on background music than on the power of sound to move fictional action and those who receive it. Beginning with a reflection on a Mozart recording on the 1970s’ Voyager Golden Record, this book explores links between music and violence in Lidia Yuknavitch’s 2017 novel The Book of Joan, songless speech in the opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, interrupted lyricism in the eco-documentary Expedition to the End of the World, and dread-inducing hurricane music in the Brecht-Weill opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In all of these works, music allows for a state of critical vulnerability in its hearers, communicating planetary crisis in an embodied way. 

 

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Heidi Hart teaches German and culture courses at Utah State University, USA. She is also a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and singer.

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Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative: Sounding the Disaster is a fascinating study of the therapeutic role of music in an endangered universe within the Anthropocene age. Hart offers an intriguing interdisciplinary analysis of the interconnectedness of music, film, and literature as intermedial genres capable of being deployed in the service of the campaign to save the world from environmental disaster.” (Nduka Otiono, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative
Book Subtitle
Sounding the Disaster
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01815-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01815-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01814-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-13196-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 100
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