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A Study on the Soundscape of The Human Beast of Emile Zola

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2016, (62), pp.103-129
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 29, 2016
  • Accepted : August 1, 2016

Chan-Kyu Lee 1

1숭실대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study is aimed at examining the semantic possibilities of the sound in a work of Emile Zola. It is a study that newly finds out a literary value and prospect in Human Beast of Zola through Soundscape which is revealed by not a ‘visible’ object, but an ‘audible phenomenon.’ Firstly, we trace how the auditory image of a train which represents the mechanic civilization is realistically or symbolically involved in the narration. On the one hand, it could be a clue to understand his ambivalent thinking about the mechanic civilization. Secondly, this study interprets the ways that the psychological situation of characters are reflected in various sounds. Thirdly, we analyze the ironical aspect and inner meaning of Soundscape showing the unusual writing strategy of Zola. It is connected to a study on how the motive, ‘the stranger in myself’ which is functioned as metonymy in Human Beast, appears. The ‘stranger’ doesn’t lose the dialectical tension of an ambivalent existence which cannot be defined by presentation all the time through the sounds in a body.

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