The Literature of Environmental Disaster

The Anthropocene names, paradoxically, the simultaneous advent of human mastery over nature and the epoch of runaway climate change. The challenges posed by our very success, from air pollution and flooding to nuclear fallout and plagues, from agribusiness to petro-imperialism, suggest the urgency of rethinking our relationship to nature beyond mere technical fixes. Literature sheds a unique light on how distinct cultures and individuals live this rapport. By studying novels, films, plays, and essays from France, Russia, Nigeria, Japan, and the US, we will see how the literary imagination can enrich our understanding of this global crisis.
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