Apocalyptic Body Song: The Book of Joan
Throughout Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel The Book of Joan, music haunts the narrator. Like the Golden Record project, this is a love story, not only between the narrator Christine and a futuristic Joan of Arc, but also between this human heroine and the Earth she has left behind. As readers finds out more about what led survivors to escape their dead planet, they also find that music is not mere accompaniment to the story: it is Joan’s weapon, her cluster-bomb ignited by sound. This music forces readers not only to face future geo-catastrophe but also to imagine their own potential violence in times of drought, war, epidemic, and dictatorship. Its sounding of the disaster echoes Maurice Blanchot’s words on voicing trauma through erasure, or destruction itself.
KeywordsMusic Science fiction Intermediality Violence Gender
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