Anthropocene Futures: Climate Fiction in Film and Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Anthropocene Futures

Spring 2018

Taught By: Stephanie Wakefield

Section: A

CRN: 7040

Credits: 4

[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 transformations–good and bad—they 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’s Odds Against Tomorrow, Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife, and N.K. Jemisin’s Fifth Season as well as films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:21pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/22/2018 - 5/14/2018