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The Rise of the Climate Change Novel

Goodbody, Axel and Johns-Putra, Adeline (2019) The Rise of the Climate Change Novel In: Climate and Literature. Cambridge Critical Concepts . Cambridge University Press, pp. 229-245. ISBN 978-1-108-42252-9

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the emergence of climate fiction and its key modes. It pays particular attention to the extent to which climate fiction has worked within the established conventions of literary realism, meeting the many representational challenges mounted by climate change. While it considers the extent to which realism is able to render the abstract and intangible phenomenon of climate change visible, it argues that there is also a significant body of writing on the subject which turns to alternative forms and narrative strategies in the effort to represent climate change, and manages to overcome some of the limitations of realism. In other words, where climate fiction meets the challenges of representing climate change, it has the potential to provide a space in which to address the Anthropocene’s emotional, ethical, and practical concerns.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Goodbody, Axel
Johns-Putra, Adelinea.johns-putra@surrey.ac.uk
Date : July 2019
DOI : 10.1017/9781108505321.015
Copyright Disclaimer : © Cambridge University Press 2019
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 19 Aug 2019 08:22
Last Modified : 19 Aug 2019 08:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852430

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