Morgan, CM (2018) Sonic Spectres: Word Ghosts in Madeleine Thien's Dogs at the Perimeter and the digital map project, 'Fictional Montreal/Montreal fictif'. The London Journal of Canadian Studies, 33 (4). pp. 40-57. ISSN 2397-0928

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This article analyses various ghosts and their connections with the unsaid and said in relation to Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter (2011) and the digital map project, ‘Fictional Montreal/Montréal fictif’ (Morgan and Lichti, 2016-17). Drawing on Derrida’s work on spectres, it suggests that Thien’s novel offers both negative and positive hauntings, by drawing attention to the far-reaching effects of the Cambodian genocide. It goes on to reflect on absence and presence, voice and body in relation to the digital map, which features recordings of authors reading extracts of their fiction set in Montreal. Arguing that ‘Fictional Montreal/Montréal fictif’ performs an interplay between material and imaginary geographies, the article proposes that the map offers the possibility of new conceptualisations of Montreal. In so doing, it argues that both it and Dogs at the Perimeter embrace the potentially utopian aspect of spectrality identified by Derrida. This is due to their encouraging readers to think about our collective responsibilities to each other in a world characterised by mobility and migration.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors. This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via UCL Press at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ghosts, sound, map, Madeleine Thien, Montreal
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 13:09

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