One of the keys to the courses’ popularity is that the cli-fi novels and movies can be presented as relevant and relatable to issues students have heard about, according to Professor Richard Crownshaw, a senior lecturer at the University of London.
He believes that his own cli-fi class offers students a chance to discuss how society sometimes tries to avoid having difficult talks about the damage that is being done to the earth.
"These novels are a tool to explore how climate change is continually subjected to a form of cognitive dissonance, and, therefore, the novel can change how we sometimes fail to think about climate change or displace the problem onto future generations," Crownshaw told Rio Fernandes at the Chronicle, adding:
''But the courses have occasionally drawn criticism from scholars who wonder whether it is a good idea to base a curriculum around books that could be viewed as less literary.''
When asked if he would be available to talk or email with other reporters covering the cli-fi meme around the world, Dr Crownshaw said he would be happy to.
To clarify, he told this blog: "The cli-fi course I have been teaching here has only been running for a year, and for small group of students at Masters degreee level, but I would be happy to talk about it with reporters in the UK or North America, sure.''
Richard Crownshaw, Goldsmiths University of London
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW