A Short Intro to Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

(This post is a repost of a guest blog post I wrote for Bloomsbury's Literary Studies blog)  At some point early into my research on climate crisis, I began to get the feeling that climate crisis was everywhere. I saw it referenced in films, novels, in food advertising. This, of course, happens to anyone who … Continue reading A Short Intro to Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel – introductory remarks

My book, Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel, is published on November 2nd. In it I discuss how a wide variety of literary fictions reflect contemporary awareness of climate crisis, and participate in the construction of the stories that we tell about climate crisis. In the weeks leading up to and following the book's … Continue reading Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel – introductory remarks

A defence of storytelling: John Burnside’s Ashland & Vine and the visual arts

There are often references to the visual arts in John Burnside's novels. In The Locust Room (2001) the photography of Raymond Moore stands for the kind of vision that the main character tries to achieve. In A Summer of Drowning (2011), the focus shifts to painting. The main character's mother is a famous painter and … Continue reading A defence of storytelling: John Burnside’s Ashland & Vine and the visual arts