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Climate and Literature


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Adeline Johns-Putra, Robert Markley, Jesse Oak Taylor, Tess Somervell, Daryn Lehoux, P. S. Langeslag, Lowell Duckert, Jan Golinski, David Higgins, Morgan Vanek, Jessica Howell, Justine Pizzo, Chris Pak, Andrew Nestingen, Axel Goodbody, Claire Colebrook, Daniel Cordle
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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422529

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  • Leading scholars examine the history of climate and literature. Essays analyse this history in terms of the contrasts between literary and climatological time, and between literal and literary atmosphere, before addressing textual representations of climate in seasons poetry, classical Greek literature, medieval Icelandic and Greenlandic sagas, and Shakespearean theatre. Beyond this, the effect of Enlightenment understandings of climate on literature are explored in Romantic poetry, North American settler literature, the novels of empire, Victorian and modernist fiction, science fiction, and Nordic noir or crime fiction. Finally, the volume addresses recent literary framings of climate in the Anthropocene, charting the rise of the climate change novel, the spectre of extinction in the contemporary cultural imagination, and the relationship between climate criticism and nuclear criticism. Together, the essays in this volume outline the discursive dimensions of climate. Climate is as old as human civilisation, as old as all attempts to apprehend and describe patterns in the weather. Because climate is weather documented, it necessarily possesses an intimate relationship with language, and through language, to literature. This volume challenges the idea that climate belongs to the realm of science and is separate from literature and the realm of the imagination.

    • Examines the history of climate and literature, going back to the classical age
    • Discusses how attitudes to climate have been shaped by cultural concerns, and, in turn, how climate science has influenced literature
    • Each essay details a different historical period or theme
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422529
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Adeline Johns-Putra
    Part I. Origins:
    1. Literature, climate, and time: between history and story Robert Markley
    2. Atmosphere as setting, or, 'wuthering' the Anthropocene Jesse Oak Taylor
    3. The seasons Tess Somervell
    4. Climatic agency in the classical age Daryn Lehoux
    5. Weathering the storm: adverse climates in medieval literature P. S. Langeslag
    6. The climate of Shakespeare: four (or more) forecasts Lowell Duckert
    Part II. Evolution:
    7. Weather and climate in the age of enlightenment Jan Golinski
    8. British romanticism and the global climate David Higgins
    9. The literary politics of transatlantic climates Morgan Vanek
    10. Climate and race in the age of empire Jessica Howell
    11. Ethereal women: climate and gender from realism to the modernist novel Justine Pizzo
    12. Planetary climates: terraforming in science fiction Chris Pak
    13. The mountains and death: revelations of climate and land in Nordic noir Andrew Nestingen
    Part III. Application:
    14. The rise of the climate change novel Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra
    15. Climate and history in the Anthropocene: realist narrative and the framing of time Adeline Johns-Putra
    16. The future in the Anthropocene: extinction and the imagination Claire Colebrook
    17. Climate criticism and nuclear criticism Daniel Cordle.

  • Editor

    Adeline Johns-Putra, University of Surrey
    Adeline Johns-Putra is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Surrey. She is author of The History of the Epic (2006) and Heroes and Housewives: Women's Epic Poetry and Domestic Ideology in the Romantic Age (2001). Her edited books include Process: Landscape and Text (2010) and Literature and Sustainability: Concept, Text, and Culture (2017). She was Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland, from 2011 to 2015.


    Adeline Johns-Putra, Robert Markley, Jesse Oak Taylor, Tess Somervell, Daryn Lehoux, P. S. Langeslag, Lowell Duckert, Jan Golinski, David Higgins, Morgan Vanek, Jessica Howell, Justine Pizzo, Chris Pak, Andrew Nestingen, Axel Goodbody, Claire Colebrook, Daniel Cordle

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