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Cultural History of Climate Change (Hardcover)

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Acknowledging that the climate is cultural compels us to rethink many of our existing means of historical understanding. This book uniquely examines climate change from transdisciplinary perspectives across the environmental humanities. The first section on climatic modernity and on the culture of atmospheric environment in the Anthropocene challenges traditional notions of the historical period, of collective and individual agency, and of the narrative forms of historiography. It demands new ways of relating the existential and historical moments of human knowledge and action to the dimensions of geological and evolutionary time.

The second section re-examines our present moment of writing in the terms of a much longer literary history of climatic experience. These chapters identify literary experiments in the construction of climates and atmospheres of sensation. Literature has often formed a cultural reflection on climate as a dimension of thought and felling. In this way, literature can mediate the climate experience of the past—resources that take on a new significance in our contemporary climatic moment.

The book finally takes a more reflective turn, investigating the ways in which climate has figured in the historical construction of the field of politics. This section demonstrates that contemporary ecological thought has repoliticised the representation of nature, particularly modes of discourse that are inherently dualistic in that they understand nature as something external to us and that we are both responsible for and are damaging.

This ground-breaking text will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in environmental history, environmental governance, history of ideas and science, literature and eco-criticism, political theory, cultural theory, as well as all general readers interested in climate change.

Acknowledging that the climate is cultural compels us to rethink many of our existing means of historical understanding. This book uniquely examines climate change from transdisciplinary perspectives across the environmental humanities. The first section on climatic modernity and on the culture of atmospheric environment in the Anthropocene challenges traditional notions of the historical period, of collective and individual agency, and of the narrative forms of historiography. It demands new ways of relating the existential and historical moments of human knowledge and action to the dimensions of geological and evolutionary time.

The second section re-examines our present moment of writing in the terms of a much longer literary history of climatic experience. These chapters identify literary experiments in the construction of climates and atmospheres of sensation. Literature has often formed a cultural reflection on climate as a dimension of thought and felling. In this way, literature can mediate the climate experience of the past?resources that take on a new significance in our contemporary climatic moment.

The book finally takes a more reflective turn, investigating the ways in which climate has figured in the historical construction of the field of politics. This section demonstrates that contemporary ecological thought has repoliticised the representation of nature, particularly modes of discourse that are inherently dualistic in that they understand nature as something external to us and that we are both responsible for and are damaging.

This ground-breaking will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in environmental history, environmental governance, history of ideas and science, literature and eco-criticism, political theory, cultural theory, as well as all general readers interested in climate change.

Number of Pages: 244
Genre: Business + Money Management, Political Science
Series Title: Routledge Environmental Humanities
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: April 28, 2016
TCIN: 16885565
UPC: 9781138838161
Item Number (DPCI): 247-41-5274
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