Resonant Alterities

Sound, Desire, and Anxiety in Non-Realist Fiction

Sylvia Mieszkowski

Transcript-Verlag

Resonant Alterities

Pub Date: April 2015

ISBN: 9783837622027

390 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00

Resonant Alterities

Sound, Desire, and Anxiety in Non-Realist Fiction

Sylvia Mieszkowski

Transcript-Verlag

This book attempts to bridge the gap between sound studies and literary criticism. Primary objects of analysis are a ghost story by Vernon Lee, a novel of psychic adventure by Algernon Blackwood, a dystopian science fiction tale by J. G. Ballard, and a post-traumatic short novel by Don DeLillo. Each is discussed in relation to historically specific, (non-)literary cultural debates on sound. All four theory-enriched analyses focus on intersecting and desire-laden processes of meaning making, knowledge production, and subject formation. Focal points are aurally/audio-visually structured phenomena which express collective and individual anxieties.

About the Author

Sylvia Mieszkowski teaches literature, cultural analysis and film at Berlin University. Her research (19th and 20th centuries) examines cultural expressions of collective anxieties and individual phantasms.