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Experiencing dystopia through Umwelt: Modelling the nonhuman animal in Hollow Kingdom




The experience of nonhuman animals is typically neglected in dystopian fiction, particularly as concerns the experiences of domestic pets. The presence of such creatures in dystopia is often notable only by their absence, with animal life (or the lack thereof) being a characteristic, albeit peripheral, marker of social or environmental loss. In recent years, however, authors have been increasingly drawn to the role of animals in the end times, presenting dystopian worlds from the perspective of animal characters. Exploring the projection of nonhuman consciousness in contemporary dystopia, I look to investigate this phenomenon, focusing on the modelling of animal minds in Hollow Kingdom. Drawing upon the work of Caracciolo and Herman, I analyse the presentation of animal narration, exploring how we attribute consciousness to nonhuman characters and how, in turn, the conceptualisation of Hollow Kingdom is given texture as a result of the animal voices, perceptions and attitudes it presents.


NORLEDGE, J. (2022). Experiencing dystopia through Umwelt: Modelling the nonhuman animal in Hollow Kingdom. English Studies, 103(3), 386-406

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 29, 2022
Publication Date Mar 29, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2022
Journal English Studies
Print ISSN 0013-838X
Electronic ISSN 1744-4217
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 103
Issue 3
Pages 386-406
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