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

Talk on climate crisis narratives (OSL Ravenstein seminar on ecocriticism)

In January 2017 I gave a talk for the OSL Ravenstein Seminar on ecocriticism. It was based on a chapter in my forthcoming book, Climate Crisis and the Twenty-First-Century British Novel, about climate crisis narratives. I talked about the ways in which a sense of immediacy is created in Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) and The … Continue reading Talk on climate crisis narratives (OSL Ravenstein seminar on ecocriticism)