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Care, Gender and the Climate-Changed Future: Maggie Gee's The Ice People

Johns-Putra, A (2014) Care, Gender and the Climate-Changed Future: Maggie Gee's The Ice People In: Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, pp. 127-142. ISBN 978-0-8195-7427-5

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Anthropogenic climate change, global warming, the sixth mass extinction event—whatever we want to call it—is now fixed in the science fiction imaginary: witness the recent success of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (2010) and consider Kim Stanley Robinson’s near-future depiction of abrupt climate change in the “Science and the Capital” trilogy (2004, 2005, 2007). Perhaps just as noteworthy is the recent spate of novels about future climate-changed worlds by authors who are not usually identified with science fiction. This includes writers of so-called “literary” fiction on both sides of the Atlantic: Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Cormac McCarthy, Will Self, and Jeanette Winterson. Doris Lessing’s return to futuristic world-building in her “Ifrik” novels is worth considering in this vein. So too is British novelist Maggie Gee, and the environmental catastrophe she depicts in her novel, The Ice People (1998).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Literature
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Johns-Putra, A
Editors :
Robinson, KS
Canavan, G
Date : 15 April 2014
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Depositing User : Adeline Johns-Putra
Date Deposited : 07 Mar 2017 14:25
Last Modified : 07 Mar 2017 14:25

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