Anthropocene Audio: The Animal Soundtrack of the Contemporary Novel

Ben de Bruyn*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Establishing a preliminary dialogue between sound studies and animal studies, this article investigates the representation of animal sounds in the contemporary novel. Focusing particularly on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Julia Leigh’s The Hunter, and Tom McCarthy’s C, it highlights the way in which these novels register and celebrate endangered sounds on the one hand and hybrid, biotechnological sounds on the other, thereby unearthing an overlooked aspect of our cultural response to species extinction and the ongoing technological mediation of the nonhuman world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-165
Number of pages15
JournalCritique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016


  • Animal studies
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Julia Leigh
  • LIFE
  • Tom McCarthy
  • contemporary literature
  • sound studies


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