Panel 14: A Role for Literature?
“Fictions of Futurity”: Ecocritical Practice in Contemporary Fiction
Jessica Holmes, University of Washington
This presentation will examine narrative representations of nature and human nature in several contemporary texts. In doing so, the presenter will pose and answer a number of pertinent questions. What does it mean to represent the world as story? How can these texts serve to “imagine” and/or “create just climate futures”? And what role does literary form play in constructing practical critical approaches to global realities? Finally, how can/does fiction seek to preserve an endangered planet, and perhaps even reverse some of the damage already done? (more).
Simulating Futures: An Inquiry into the Efficacy of Cli-fi as the Literary Genre of the Anthropocene
Pooja Agarwal, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
There is an urgent need to educate the lay citizen about the impending future that awaits us if we continue to indulge in erratic and excessive materialism and consumption. Climate-fiction offers a creative simulation of imagined futures, often dystopian, apocalyptic, and catastrophic in nature that can shake the reader out of complacency, and mobilize her/him into definite action and bring about a change at the very level of an individual. This presentation is an attempt to systematically analyze the efficacy of cli-fi as the imaginative literature of the twenty first century (more).
The Role of Environmental Literature in Mitigating Climate Change
In order to change our asofnow inevitable environmental outcome in 2050, this talk urges that we must create widespread changes to not only the laws that allow for exploitation but also to the increasingly information saturated public. The only feasible way, the presentation stresses to awake the general public to our environmental plight so that change can be made before 2050 is through literature (more).
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