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)

The future isn’t hot and dry, it’s wet (at least in British climate change novels)

Perhaps it's the term 'global warming' that's made many of us believe that the end will come in a ball of fire. Or maybe it's the old Biblical image of apocalypse that determines how we see the future. Films like Interstellar show a dry world, uninhabitable because of a lack of rain and soil erosion. … Continue reading The future isn’t hot and dry, it’s wet (at least in British climate change novels)

Paper: Knowing Genre, Knowing Nature. Econarratology, Genre and Climate Fiction

In September 2015 I presented a paper on ecocriticism and narratology at the ASLE-UKI Conference (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment - UK and Ireland) in Cambridge. Genre is key to the stories we tell about nature - it shapes the form these stories takes and how we interpret them. The paper provides … Continue reading Paper: Knowing Genre, Knowing Nature. Econarratology, Genre and Climate Fiction