Climate Change Fictions: Representations of Global Warming by Antonia Mehnert

By Antonia Mehnert

This ebook highlights the significance of the cultural sphere, and particularly literature, in reaction and dialogue with the remarkable phenomenon often called weather switch. Antonia Mehnert turns to a suite of up to date American works of fiction, analyzing them as a different reaction to the demanding situations of representing weather switch. She attracts on “climate swap fiction”— texts dealing explicitly with anthropogenic weather change—and explores how those works exhibit weather swap, care for its demanding features, and with what narrative innovations they finally perform its conversation. certainly, a few difficult qualities make weather switch a tricky factor to interact with together with its sluggish and lengthy temporal size, worldwide scale, medical controversy, and its disconnect among reason and influence. contemplating such complexity and uncertainty on the resource of weather swap fictions, this e-book strikes past a completely ecocritical research and exhibits how those weather switch fictions represent an insightful cultural repertoire invaluable for dialogue within the environmental humanities in general.

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On the other hand, this hybridity may in particular be the genre’s key characteristic. 42 A. MEHNERT It is certainly true that as an ecocritic, one is especially interested in the construction and meaning-making process of particular texts, and JohnsPutra correctly emphasizes that for this reason it is also important to consider the context or the environment in which a particular generic text is produced and to which it corresponds. 37 Taking Johns-Putra’s argument as point of departure, the climate change fictions discussed in this book, interestingly, move away from endtime visions.

19 Unlike other social movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which had heavily influenced literary criticism, environmentalism only started to resonate with literary studies CLIMATE CHANGE FICTIONS IN CONTEXT: SOCIO-POLITICS... 35 long after environmentalism had already reshaped the country’s political climate (Heise, “Teaching Ecocritical Theory”). 21 This diversity of approaches to the topic has also made it very difficult to subsume the corpus of works under one particular definition, and as Lawrence Buell points out, there has been a lack of “the kind of paradigm-defining statement [in ecocriticism] that, for example, Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) supplied for colonial discourse studies” (The Future 11).

11 Carson’s book has powerfully shaped environmentalism to the present day. At the time of the work’s publication, however, its unique style (a mixture of popularized scientific writing and fable) as well as its content drew a lot of criticism from her scientific peers. Yet her narrative not only allowed for easy accessibility and therefore a wide readership, but also included the public in a debate that went beyond the usually enclosed scientific circles—a democratization of scientific research that Carson, a scientist herself, had intentionally sought.

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