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Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel

Johns-Putra, Adeline (2019) Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel Cambridge Studies in Twenty-First-Century Literature and Culture . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108610162

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Climate change is becoming a major theme in the contemporary novel, as authors reflect concerns in wider society. Given the urgency and enormity of the problem, can literature (and the emotional response it provokes) play a role in answering the complex ethical issues that arise because of climate change? This book shows that conventional fictional techniques should not be disregarded as inadequate to the demands of climate change; rather, fiction has the potential to challenge us, emotionally and ethically, to reconsider our relationship to the future. Adeline Johns-Putra focuses on the dominant theme of intergenerational ethics in the contemporary novel: that is, the idea of our obligation to future generations as a basis for environmental action. Rather than simply framing parenthood and posterity in sentimental terms, the climate change novel uses their emotional appeal to critique their anthropocentricism and identity politics, offering radical alternatives instead.

Item Type: Book
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
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Date : March 2019
DOI : 10.1017/9781108610162
Uncontrolled Keywords : English Literature after 1945; Literary Theory; Literature
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Apr 2019 08:21
Last Modified : 08 Apr 2019 08:21

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