Bartosch, Roman ORCID: 0000-0002-7452-4355 (2018). Scale, Climate Change, and the Pedagogic Potential of Literature: Scaling (in) the Work of Barbara Kingsolver and T.C. Boyle. Open Library of Humanities, 4 (2). Cambridge: ISSN 2056-6700

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This article discusses recent work in the environmental humanities on the role of scale and what Timothy Clark describes as ‘scale disorder’ when encountering imaginative engagements with the Anthropocene. With readings of Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour (2012) and T.C. Boyle’s The Terranauts (2016), it suggests that the ‘scaling of perspectives’ is a viable and productive way of dealing with the representational and interpretive challenges of climate change (and) fiction. Drawing on the notion that literature can be seen as a specific form of cultural ecology, as developed by Hubert Zapf, it presents a concept of transcultural ecology that thrives on the tensions inherent in scale disorder and climate change imaginaries. These findings will be described with regard to the pedagogic potential of reading fiction as an attempt to come to terms with climate change.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-515097
DOI: 10.16995/olh.337
Journal or Publication Title: Open Library of Humanities
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Date: 2018
Place of Publication: Cambridge
ISSN: 2056-6700
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Englisches Seminar II
Subjects: Education
Refereed: Yes


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