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Climate and Literature


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Introduction Adeline Johns-Putra; Part I. Origins: 1. Literature, climate, and time: between history and story Robert Markley; 2. Atmosphere as setting, or, 'wuthering' the Anthropocene Jesse Oak Taylor; 3. The seasons Tess Somervell; 4. Climatic agency in the classical age Daryn Lehoux; 5. Weathering the storm: adverse climates in medieval literature P. S. Langeslag; 6. The climate of Shakespeare: four (or more) forecasts Lowell Duckert; Part II. Evolution: 7. Weather and climate in the age of enlightenment Jan Golinski; 8. British romanticism and the global climate David Higgins; 9. The literary politics of transatlantic climates Morgan Vanek; 10. Climate and race in the age of empire Jessica Howell; 11. Ethereal women: climate and gender from realism to the modernist novel Justine Pizzo; 12. Planetary climates: terraforming in science fiction Chris Pak; 13. The mountains and death: revelations of climate and land in Nordic noir Andrew Nestingen; Part III. Application: 14. The rise of the climate change novel Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra; 15. Climate and history in the Anthropocene: realist narrative and the framing of time Adeline Johns-Putra; 16. The future in the Anthropocene: extinction and the imagination Claire Colebrook; 17. Climate criticism and nuclear criticism Daniel Cordle.

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Explores the place of the concept of climate in literature from the classical age to the contemporary.

About the Author

Adeline Johns-Putra is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Surrey. She is author of The History of the Epic (2006) and Heroes and Housewives: Women's Epic Poetry and Domestic Ideology in the Romantic Age (2001). Her edited books include Process: Landscape and Text (2010) and Literature and Sustainability: Concept, Text, and Culture (2017). She was Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland, from 2011 to 2015.


'The collection provides an informed mapping of the concepts of weather and climate over time and allows for an engaging point of view to breathe new life into urgent cultural discussions.' Leonardo Nole, Ecozon@

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