Cli Fi: A Companion

Axel Goodbody, Adeline Johns-Putra

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The volume has been conceived as a contribution to the new Peter Lang (Oxford) series of Readers on genre fiction and film. It presents 20-25 short chapters from scholars in the field, each providing an analysis of a single text and offering a way of reading/ understanding the text. Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Public concern began in the late 1980s, and is reflected in a growing body of climate fiction. Some 150 novels and a significant number of documentary and feature films are centrally concerned with climate change. This volume asks what responses are described, what causes are identified, and what outcomes are anticipated in the stories which are being told about climate change, and what contribution these fictions are making to public debate (informing the public, shaping perceptions of the problem, motivating readers to action). The volume presents examples of proto climate fiction, classics of the genre, and unjustly neglected works. Each contribution addresses the themes of the work, the approach, formal qualities, reception, and contribution to debates on climate change. The volume includes a 3000 word Introduction (co-authored by Goodbody and Johns-Putra, giving an overview of the field and general teaching ideas), a Bibliography and an Index.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
Number of pages235
ISBN (Electronic)9781788740746
ISBN (Print)9781788740722
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameGenre Fiction and Film Companions
PublisherPater Lang


  • Cli-Fi
  • climate fiction
  • climate change
  • literature
  • films


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