Introduction: Planetary memory in contemporary American fiction

Bond, L., de Bruyn, B. and Rapson, J. (2017) Introduction: Planetary memory in contemporary American fiction. Textual Practice, 31 (5). pp. 853-866. ISSN 0950-236X

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This special issue considers the ways in which contemporary American fiction seeks to imagine a mode of ‘planetary memory’ able to address the scalar and systemic complexities of the Anthropocene – the epoch in which the combined activity of the human species has become a geological force in its own right. As Naomi Klein has recently argued, confronting the problem of anthropogenic climate change alters everything we know about the world: demanding wholesale recalibration of economic and political priorities; destabilising the epistemic frameworks through which quotidian life is interpreted and enacted; and decentring the dominant cultural imaginaries that seek to give form to historical experience

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: memory, planetary, environment, trauma, natural history;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 15:51
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