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

Authors: de Bruyn, Ben

  • The Novel and the Multispecies Soundscape
    • 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.
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About this book

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 genres 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, these multispecies stories 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. These novels by authors including Amitav Ghosh, Julia Leigh, Richard Powers, Karen Joy Fowler, Cormac McCarthy, and Han Kang also enrich pressing social debates about species extinction, sound pollution, nonhuman communication, and human-animal relations. As we are violently reshaping the planet, they invite us to rethink our own humanity and animality - and to recalibrate how we tell stories about interspecies contact zones and their violent soundscapes.

About the authors

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

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  • Due: May 19, 2020
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Novel and the Multispecies Soundscape
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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978-3-030-30122-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30121-7
Edition Number
1
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