Contemporary Fiction and Climate Uncertainty: Narrating Unstable Futures (Environmental Cultures) (Hardcover)

Contemporary Fiction and Climate Uncertainty: Narrating Unstable Futures (Environmental Cultures) By Marco Caracciolo, Greg Garrard (Editor), Richard Kerridge (Editor) Cover Image
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This open access book argues that storytelling is an important resource in coming to terms with the loss of the feeling of living a grounded existence where the future remains relatively stable and predictable. Faced with the specter of climate catastrophe, we lose confidence in the future-a well-documented response in the environmental movement, for example. Yet stories, and in particular sophisticated fictional stories, can help us negotiate that uncertainty: they offer affective and imaginative tools that channel the instability of our climate future and invite audiences to accept its fundamental uncertainty.

In all, this book represents a serious contribution to the environmental humanities that brings a flexible formal approach to bear on central questions of our time. Its commentary on contemporary works of prose and digital narrative is an aid for navigating climate uncertainty and appreciating the more-than-human scale-but also the tragic ramifications-of the ecological crisis.

The eBook editions of this book are available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence on Open access was funded by The European Research Council and the University of Ghent.

About the Author

Marco Caracciolo is Associate Professor of English and Literary Theory at Ghent University, Belgium.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350233898
ISBN-10: 1350233897
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Environmental Cultures