We are living in a moment where the reality of massive, human-made global climate change has become unavoidable. In report after report, we are faced with the changes that are already taking place in our world. In response to the oncoming and present disaster, there has been a call for literature that explores and imagines this massive, inescapable contemporary problem. Article after article describes the rise of ecofiction, even as critics such as Amitav Ghosh ask “where is the fiction about climate change?”
Over the course of six weeks, we will be exploring how we can write stories represent environmental change. Throughout the class we will be asking questions about representation and imagination: how can you write about a world in flux? Are ecofiction and “cli-fi” genres, and what do they look like? What does it mean to imagine the end of humanity or the end of the world? How do you write narratives about environmental loss?
We’ll come up with a working definition of ecofiction, thinking through different futures, reading writers such as Jesmyn Ward, Richard Powers, Megan Hunter, Claire Vaye Watkins, Jeff VanDermeer, Omar El Akkad, and Octavia Butler to help us better understand how we might craft our own stories. Each week, students will have opportunities to workshop stories, though the primary goal of the class will be generating new material.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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