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Introduction

  • Heidi Hart
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

Abstract

This book examines sound in eco-film and fiction to illuminate music’s active potential in narrating climate crisis. Music can work as more than background, provoking discomfort and even violence amid planetary crisis. Though the role of sound in environmental art installations, in animal studies, and in Earth-focused musical compositions is gaining more attention as climate-crisis anxieties rise, music’s critical function in post/apocalyptic narrative deserves investigation, too. Heard, imagined, interrupted, voicing, or resisting violence, music carries presence—even in its lack—that can incite both visceral and critical responses, showing that they are not mutually exclusive. Music can work as an agent, inviting a state of critical vulnerability in audiences, readers, and listeners, raising the stakes for their concern with climate change in an embodied way.

Keywords

Anthropocene Dystopian fiction Music Intermediality 

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  • Heidi Hart
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  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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