A Cultural History of Climate Change (Routledge Environmental Humanities)

A Cultural History of Climate Change (Routledge Environmental Humanities)

By: Tom Bristow (editor), Thomas H. Ford (editor)Hardback

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Charting innovative directions in the environmental humanities, this book examines the cultural history of climate change under three broad headings: history, writing and politics. Climate change compels us to rethink many of our traditional means of historical understanding, and demands new ways of relating human knowledge, action and representations to the dimensions of geological and evolutionary time. To address these challenges, this book positions our present moment of climatic knowledge within much longer histories of climatic experience. Only in light of these histories, it argues, can we properly understand what climate means today across an array of discursive domains, from politics, literature and law to neighbourly conversation. Its chapters identify turning-points and experiments in the construction of climates and of atmospheres of sensation. They examine how contemporary ecological thought has repoliticised the representation of nature and detail vital aspects of the history and prehistory of our climatic modernity. This ground-breaking text will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in environmental history, environmental governance, history of ideas and science, literature and eco-criticism, political theory, cultural theory, as well as all general readers interested in climate change.

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Tom Bristow is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne, Australia. Thomas H. Ford is a Lecturer in English at Monash University, Australia.


Introduction: Climates of History, Cultures of Climate Tom Bristow and Thomas H. Ford Part 1 Climates of History 1. Voices of Endurance: Climate and the Power of Oral History Deb Anderson 2. Rethinking Seasons: Changing Climate, Changing Time Christian O'Brien 3. The Terrestrial Envelope: Joseph Fourier's Geological Speculation Jerome Whitington 4. Melancholy and the Continent of Fire Tom Bristow and Andrea Witcomb 5. The Anthropocene and the Long Seventeenth Century: 1550-1750 Linda Williams Part 2 Climates of Writing 6. Change Beyond Belief: Fictions of (the) Enlightenment and Simpson's 'Climate Change Suite' Jayne Lewis 7. Fuels and Humans, Bios and Zoe Karen Pinkus 8. The 'Foreign Grave' Motif in Victorian Medicine and Literature: Climate Therapy and The Limits of Human Environmental Control Roslyn Jolly 9. Climate Change and Literary History Thomas H. Ford Part 3 Climates of Politics 10. Climate Change: Politics, Excess, Sovereignty Nick Mansfield 11. Para-Religions of Climate Change: Humanity, Eco-Nihilism, Apocalypse S. Romi Mukherjee 12. Litigation, Activism, and the Paradox of Lawfulness in an Age of Climate Change Nicole Rogers 13. This Is Not My Beautiful Biosphere Timothy Morton

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/05/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781138838161
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781138838161
  • weight: 524
  • ISBN10: 1138838160

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