The rise of the climate change novel

Axel Goodbody, Adeline Johns-Putra

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One of the readiest pieces of evidence of a new climate imaginary in the Anthropocene is climate change fiction, dubbed ‘cli-fi’ by some. This chapter considers the parameters of the phenomenon, reflecting on the background to its emergence and its place in the socio-political context of climate activism. It also summarizes some of the dominant themes, narrative arcs and motifs of climate change fiction. Reflecting on the prominence of the realist mode amongst recent examples of climate change fiction, the chapter specifically considers the strategies by which climate has been rendered visible in the realist novel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge Critical Concepts
Subtitle of host publicationClimate
EditorsAdeline Johns-Putra
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameCambridge Critical Concepts
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Climate change
  • literature
  • Anthropocene
  • films
  • weather


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