Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Let's talk about ''cli-fi'' in the 21st century, shall we?

So for writers, readers, and teachers working in 21st century cli-fi, let's try to map this growing field and articulate its role within the broader climate conversation.

In our discissions, we can address two key questions:

what is cli-fi?

and what are its uses?

You might propose a single 21st century fictional text through which to offer a definition of cli-fi, illuminate the field’s broader contours, and highlight its central questions and stakes.

Texts you focus on can be established or unexpected but should signal a significant issue within the field or represent an identifiable node in its larger network.

Topics might address:

what are 21st century cli-fi novels' key themes or motifs?

its formal features or generic affiliations?

its central methods, meanings, or motives?

what role should cli-fi play within academic, activist, or popular discourses of climate change?

Our discussion online here and on Twitter threads as a whole will seek to provoke lively debate both among its participants and with the audience as we work together to chart the field and identify its important trajectories.

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