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Mocking Bird Technologies
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Mocking Bird Technologies brings together a range of perspectives to offer an extended meditation on bird mimicry in literature: the way birds mimic humans, the way humans mimic birds, and the way mimicry of any kind involves technologies that extend across as well as beyond languages and species. The essays examine the historical, poetic, and semiotic problem of mimesis exemplified both by the imitative behavior of parrots, starlings, and other mocking birds, and by the poetic trope of such birds in a range of literary and philological traditions.

Drawing from a cross-section of traditional periods and fields in literary studies (18th-century studies, romantic studies, early American studies, 20th-century studies, and postcolonial studies), the collection offers new models for combining comparative and global studies of literature and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction. Parrots and Starlings
  2. Christopher GoGwilt, Melanie D. Holm
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. “O Friends, There Are No Friends”: The Aesthetics of Avian Sympathy in Defoe and Sterne
  2. Melanie D. Holm
  3. pp. 23-45
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  1. 2. The Avian Challenge of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana; or, The Pigeon Effect
  2. Shari Goldberg
  3. pp. 46-67
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  1. 3. Smart’s Professors: Birdsong and Rhetorical Agency in Jubilate Agno
  2. Fraser Easton
  3. pp. 68-96
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  1. 4. A Volatile Unity: Coleridge, Starling Murmurations, and Romantic Form
  2. Gavin Sourgen
  3. pp. 97-119
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  1. 5. Words Are for the Birds: “Non-reasoning Creatures Capable of Speech” in the Writings of Schreber and Poe
  2. Joe Conway
  3. pp. 120-142
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  1. 6. Splitting the Lyric Lark; or, Dickinson’s Music Box
  2. Isabel A. Moore
  3. pp. 143-162
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  1. 7. The Starling’s Whistle: Autophilology and the Order of Osip Mandel’shtam’s Birds
  2. Holt Vincent Meyer
  3. pp. 163-180
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  1. 8. Colonial and Postcolonial Birds of Game, Games of Bird
  2. Fawzia Mustafa
  3. pp. 181-212
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  1. 9. Of Mimicry, Birds, and Words: The Technology of Starling Song in European, American, and Indonesian Poetry
  2. Christopher GoGwilt
  3. pp. 213-237
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  1. 10. Yogini and Mynah Bird: On the Poetics and Politics of Transspecies Meditation
  2. Madeleine Brainerd, Kaori Kitao
  3. pp. 238-252
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  1. Afterword. A Starling Manifesto for Mocking Bird Technologies
  2. Christopher GoGwilt
  3. pp. 253-268
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  1. Coda. Tornada, in Starling Form
  2. Sarah Kay
  3. pp. 269-276
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 277-278
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 279-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-294
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  1. Image Plates
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