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Module code: EN106
Credits: 7.5
Semester: 1
Department: ENGLISH
International: No
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Cli-Fi: Climate Crisis and the Literary Imagination. How can writers respond to and represent climate crisis? Can literary texts and cultural productions provide us with tools to think about the challenge of climate catastrophe? These are among the questions this module will explore. It focuses on a selection of texts that respond to, represent and negotiate climate change as a major social and cultural crisis of the 21st century. As Greta Thunberg asserts in No One is Too Small To Make a Difference, we must “treat the climate crisis like the acute crisis it is and give us a future.” The module aims to introduce students to debates about how writers grapple with the scale of climate crisis and to attend closely to the representational challenges as well as possibilities of depicting climate change. It begins with a selection of short stories by established writers and moves on to consider how the novel, a form that some critics have claimed is unresponsive to the climate reality around us, has recently engaged with what is termed Anthropogenic climate change. Consideration will also be given to how mainstream film has represented climate crisis. Through lectures and also tutorials, the module will encourage students to consider how texts imagine alternative worldviews that decentre the human and map out a more sustainable ecosystem.

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