Panel 1: A Speculative Narratology for Climate Futures
Narrative and Anthropocene Imagination
David Rodriguez, Stony Brook University
An essential part of action in the present is enabled by our image of the future. This presentation will work from now to 2050 through a speculative test of phenomenological theories of imagination that are rather unselfconsciously concerned with how the imagination of the world in the present can affect the future. Through an analysis of three anthropocene texts, I show how these unique imaginative experiences can vitally supplement theorizations of imagination in the anthropocene (more).
Narrative in the Anthropocene
Erin James, University of Idaho
This presentation imagines how narrative can best represent the environmental changes that are to come. Specifically, it engages recent discussions about the Anthropocene to imagine a theory of narrative that is sensitive to matters commonly associated with the epoch. I argue that an “Anthropocene narratology” stands to enrich a universal model of narrative by incorporating ideas pertinent to this new geological epoch and developing a richer vocabulary enabling us to understand better the current state of the world and our relationship to it (more).
Climate Futures, Narrative Experiments
Marco Caracciolo, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
This paper asks how narrative can become a tool for modeling the ambivalence of climate futures. I argue that experimental texts are in a better position than fiction of the realistic variety to build the open-endedness and instability of climate change into a narrative. I focus on five strategies that make this possible, offering concrete examples for each strategy (more).
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