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A Short Essay on Monsters, Birds, and Sounds of the Uncanny

Musharbash, Yasmine


The crux of this essay is that birdsong-something generally thought of a pleasing and enjoyable-can function, in certain contexts, as an indexical sign of the presence of evil in the world. I narratively contrast notions of the unknown as eerie with the uncanny at home, while simultaneously extending the notion of home to the world though ethnographic examples from fieldwork with Warlpiri people in central Australia. I explore the links between sounds and the uncanny, putting forward that what...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-09-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Semiotic Review
Access Rights: Open Access


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