Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

The Novel and the Multispecies Soundscape

Authors: De Bruyn, Ben

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    • 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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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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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.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

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
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30122-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30122-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30121-7
Series ISSN
2634-6338
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 300
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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