Spring 2018

Anthropocene Futures: Climate Fiction in Film and Literature - LCST 2456 A

Professor(s):   Stephanie Wakefield 
Day(s):  MW
Time(s):  10:00 am - 11:40 am 
CRN:  7040
Credits:  4

Course Description
[Track C] Heralded as the genre of the Anthropocene, the 'Climate fiction' or 'cli-fi' genre has recently emerged as a potent source of imagination and inspiration amidst the uncertainties of climate change. Encompassing diverse films and novels set on a transformed or near-future planet, authors and filmmakers have provided powerful visions of climate futures as well as the social, economic, and technological transformationsûgood and badùthey might entail. Connecting cinematic and literary works with their theoretical and scientific background, we will explore cli-fi as a window onto our contemporary moment and the possibilities it holds. What does it say about our time that it has given birth to such a genre? In what ways might cli-fi help us develop new ways of thinking and acting? How might cli-fi help us open new possibilities for life in the Anthropocene? Works will include Nathaniel Rich'sáOdds Against Tomorrow, Paolo Bacigalupi'sáThe Water Knife, and N.K. Jemisin'sáFifth Seasonáas well as films such asáThe Day After Tomorrow,áSnowpiercer, andáBeasts of the Southern Wild. [Track C]

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