The adaptation of disaster: representations of environmental crises in climate change fiction

  • In light of climate change, the attempt to overcome the gap between the 'Two Cultures' appears more urgent than ever. With climate change being only one of the environmental crises marking the so-called Anthropocene, knowledge production and representations are constantly challenged. The very reason that led to the idea of proclaiming a new geological epoch can be taken as evidence for the collapse of the Cartesian dichotomy between nature and culture. The Anthropocene marks an epoch in Earth's history in which the human species has become a geological force. That is, the effects of industrialized civilization are now forming geological strata that irreversibly change the face of the planet and its future. However, if nature and culture cannot be meaningfully distinguished anymore, how, one might ask, is a divide within academia still of concern? Would it not naturally perish with the insight that what has been regarded as nature has now been thoroughly pervaded by remnants of human actions? To the contrary, the persistence of the gap between the sciences and the humanities is one of the main reasons that complicates the representation and, ultimately, hinders the understanding of the problems which characterize the new epoch. Inability or unwillingness to change behavior on a collective level will most probably lead to environmental, political and social disaster on an unprecedented scale.

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Author:Solvejg Nitzke
Parent Title (English):Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift / Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Place of publication:Gießen
Editor:Johannes Fehrle, Mark Schmitt
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/02/14
Date of first Publication:2019/01/10
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/02/15
GND Keyword:Adaption <Literatur>; Klimaänderung; Klimaänderung <Motiv>; Science-Fiction
Issue:[Heft 1 =] Adaptation as cultural translation
Page Number:21
First Page:38
Last Page:58
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift / Komparatistik online 2018 : Transpositionen Adaptation as cultural translation
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht