HUMOR COLUMN: ''Are YOU are a cli-fi-head?'' [cf Grateful Dead ''deadheads'']
by staff writer
[Dominic is PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds.]
TWEET REFERRED TO JOB ADVERT:
"Climate fiction -- 'cli-fi,' for short -- often depicts a grim future of a changed world, portraying how humanity must deal with years of environmental neglect," the article went on. "The genre, which has seen a fourfold increase in published books in the past six years, according to data collected by Ecofiction, is giving professors and students a bevy of books outside of environmental studies to anchor discussions of climate change and its consequences.''
Are they all "cli-fi-heads?" Something is happening, that's for sure.
Another news article by Sarah Stankorp in ''Good'' magazine noted that Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood ''adopted the cli-fi term in a 2012 tweet, popularizing the genre designation more broadly, and since then, cli-fi has continued its rise, becoming the subject of a growing number of literary curricula and conferences.''
''Cli-fi-heads'' are not dreaded zombies, but wide-awake pathfinders searching for answers to the vexing climate issues that face humankind today.
I'm delighted to see this new term get coined, and as a member of the growing global cli-fi community, from France to China, I welcome this slang word to the English language. Long may it nurture and inspire other fans and writers and academics.
As Edward Rubin, author of a recent cli-fi novel titled ''The Heatstroke Line'' and professor at Vanderbilt University, told Good magazine: "Now quite a number of the [sci-fi or cli-fi] books that portray a disastrous future, either explicitly deal with climate change or incorporate climate change as background."
"Cli-fi-heads" are here to stay.
Summary: Comparative Literature; W. G. Sebald; J. M. Coetzee; Critical Theory; Critical Animal Studies; critical veganism; the creaturely; cosmopolitanism
My research examines different modes of the creaturely in W. G. Sebald and J. M. Coetzee.
I am supervised by Prof Stuart Taberner and Dr Sam Durrant. I am affiliated with Prof Taberner's Leverhulme Trust Major Research Project "Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary German and South African Literature".
My PhD research is fully funded by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies' Doctoral College of the Arts, and I mentor first year undergraduates on the English and Comparative Literature degree programme.
I am co-convener of the School of English's Creaturely Life reading group and will direct the interdisciplinary critical theory group, Quilting Points, in 2016/17.
I have presented original research on both literature and cinema at conferences including the University of Sheffield's Reading Animals (2014), the University of Cumbria's Visualising the Animal (2015), Universität Kassel's Animal Biographies (2016), and Universiteit Gent's Questions of Scale in Contemporary Literature (2016). In October 2015 I was invited to the University of Manchester to present on Werner Herzog's documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. You can listen to this paper here.
Publications'The First Need: Hunger in Jan Nemec's Diamonds of the Night', Studies in Eastern European Cinema, vol. 7 (2016)
Find my Academia profile here.