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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 May 2018
... melodrama, epic, and, in this case, romance) that the realist tradition had ostensibly superseded. Understanding how the formal expansiveness of literary genres can be mobilized strategically, it concludes, affords a critical perspective for analyzing the Anthropocene—a concept whose narrative...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 44–63.
Published: 01 May 2019
... debates about the Anthropocene involve a tension between scalar expansion, the rewriting of human history in terms of geologic time, and scalar relativity, the idea that scales—including the scale of the Anthropocene—are constructed and hence normative. I then argue that the novel form's ability to deform...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Ursula K. Heise This essay examines the convergence of the science-fiction motif of terraforming with current discussions of the Anthropocene. In the process, it outlines a vision of the city, not as the antithesis to nature or a biological wasteland but as itself a form of nature. This vision...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
... only relate to nature via an intervening screen of social representations; that is, through what Theodor W. Adorno called a “second nature.” In the Anthropocene, however, these layers become blurred, since nature itself becomes a medium for the inscription of texts that contain portentous clues...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 410–429.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Jennifer Gutman Abstract Emerging during a Cold War era of nuclear uncertainty, refined in decades of neoliberal turbulence, and used today for modeling climate futures, scenario thinking has now entered the domain of the Anthropocene novel. This article argues for the adoption of scenarios...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 115–138.
Published: 01 May 2016
... in Jack London's socialist fiction: a general strike that would withdraw our maintenance of the world in favor of more plural and livable affiliations; a nonapocalyptic end to the world that might offer a means of surviving the Anthropocene. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 1–4.
Published: 01 May 2016
... students at Duke designed such an event in response to the recently coined term Anthropocene , a coinage for the geologic period during which human activities have had global impact on earth's ecosystems. In its letter inviting its chosen speakers for this symposium, the planning committee asked speakers...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
... first offers Atwood a mode that better conveys the complexity of mixed possible fortunes and futures amid ecological catastrophe while it also better evokes the strange, often contradictory affects of life in the Anthropocene. Yet Atwood sees greater promise in Beckett's tragicomedy beyond his mere...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 452–471.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., textuality, and the anthropocene, see Bethany Nowviskie's 2013 talk “Resistance in the Materials,” and Roy Scranton's Learning to Die in the Anthropocene . 21 According to Ozeki, the ambiguity in the barnacle identification scene is unintentional. “I wish,” she says, “I could say it was a red...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 426–435.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of the Anthropocene. Atwood puts herself and fellow speculative-fiction writers closer to James Watson and Francis Crick (or perhaps to James Watt and Thomas Edison, Anthropocene initiators from the era of fossil capitalism) than to Fyodor Dostoevsky, Eliot, and others who write “fiction of the waking state...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 248–269.
Published: 01 August 2021
...’” (940). 5 In using this phrase, I have in mind Hensley and Steer's account of coal and form: “ Nostromo translates the serialized, ruinous, and open-ended logic of carbon modernity into plot” ( 77 ). See, additionally, Thomas S. Davis 's “Aesthetic Education for the Anthropocene,” in which he...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2013
... in Victorian glasshouses in order to demonstrate how the novel performs a kind of fictional “greenhouse effect” in which the real is severed from its stabiliz- ing lifeline to the natural, giving way to the paradoxically artificial nature of the Anthropocene. Bleak House’s query: “What connexion can...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 417–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... . Berkeley : U of California P , 2011 . Chipkin Clive M. Johannesburg Transition: Architecture and Society from 1950 . Johannesburg : STE , 2008 . Clarke Paul T. “ Of Animals and Others: Life, Histories, and the Anthropocene in Johannesburg Science Fiction .” Johannesburg Salon...
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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 404–424.
Published: 01 November 2021
... of La Mancha: J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. ” Contemporary Literature 54 ( 2013 ): 643 – 53 . Spivak Gayatri Chakravorty . “ Lie Down in the Karoo: An Antidote to the Anthropocene .” Public Books 6 . 1 ( 2014 ). < www.publicbooks.org/lie-down-in-the-karoo-an-antidote...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 316–342.
Published: 01 August 2016
... be mediated into the destiny of a single people, this may well explain the rising force of apocalyptic and Anthropocene models as ways to identify collective problems operating at planetary scale. Moreover, the meaning of realisms now features a struggle between narratives from below centered...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 427–443.
Published: 01 November 2022
... and the concomitant exclusion from the novel of any social or political material that might trouble the stability of the world on which it is based, then Red Moon suggests that the pressures of the Anthropocene near future make such partitioning more obviously untenable. These generic recoveries...