Climate Fictions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Climate Fictions
Fall 2022
Taught By: Justin Neuman
Section: A

CRN: 14287

Credits: 4

The challenge of representing and responding to anthropomorphic climate change has led to the production of some of the most exciting and innovative novels in recent decades. This course investigates the emerging genre of Climate Fiction, foregrounding novels like Monstro, by Junot Diaz; Gold, Fame, Citrus, by Claire Watkins; 10:04 by Ben Lerner; The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd, The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright; Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin; and “The Tamarisk Hunter,” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Throughout the semester, we will discuss topics including species-loss, sea-level rise, techno-utopianism, climate apocalypse, environmental justice, resiliency, and others as we analyze the formal strategies, thematic concerns, and ethical impacts of climate fiction. Asking how, when, and why novels matter in the world, the course builds connections between literature, theory (scholarship in the Environmental Humanities), and practice (including policy documents like the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocols, and the Paris Accords). This course requires no prerequisites and should appeal to anyone with an interest in literature and the environment.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 2:10am EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022