This episode asks: how is contemporary fiction incorporating (or not) the present realities of climate change and can it provide avenues for building a response to climate crisis?
To do this we look at two recent books about post-climate change dystopia – American War by Omar El Akkad and Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. We also bring in essays by Amitav Ghosh from his book The Great Derangement and reflect on his claim that “the climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination”.
It’s a big topic, and we do our best to keep the conversation on point. It also sets us up for a future episode on Land Epics (you know you want to know what that’s all about!).
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