Looking back: teaching semester 1

This academic year I’m trying  take  more time to really reflect on my courses. I decided to delve a little deeper into the two Master’s courses I taught in semester 1. I’m using both my own observations as well as student evaluations (though I know full well how problematic these evaluations often are). I hadContinue reading “Looking back: teaching semester 1”

Conference paper: the Ethics of the Anthropocene

A year or so ago I became interested in flood novels. One of the things I find so interesting about them, is that they provide very contained but apt spaces in which to think about climate crisis and its effects. Because of the floods, characters live in much closer proximity to each other than usual,Continue reading “Conference paper: the Ethics of the Anthropocene”

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 TheContinue reading “Talk on climate crisis narratives (OSL Ravenstein seminar on ecocriticism)”

On the absence of climate fiction in Dutch literature

For a long time I barely read Dutch literature. As a scholar of British literature, I read plenty of British novels, a bunch of American ones and books from other countries written in English. Occasionally I also read books in German. I started to see parallels between American and British climate fiction on the oneContinue reading “On the absence of climate fiction in Dutch literature”

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 providesContinue reading “Paper: Knowing Genre, Knowing Nature. Econarratology, Genre and Climate Fiction”