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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2023/24 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024
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Climate Change Literature    Sprache: Englisch    Belegpflicht
(Keine Nummer) Hauptseminar     WiSe 2023/24     2 SWS     jedes Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 50  
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Gurr
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich
   Termin: Mittwoch   14:00  -  16:00    wöch.
Beginn : 11.10.2023   
      Raum :   R11 T03 C20   R11T  

The seminar engages with selected "classics" of climate change fiction. In addition to discussing how climate change is represented in different genres (the "realist literary novel" as well as the science fiction novel, short fiction, short plays), we will also engage with the potential role of literature and literary studies in addressing climate change as a grand societal challenge: Can literary texts help "understand" climate change? Can they raise awareness? Can they "convert" climate sceptics? Or are these texts only read by those who do not need to be convinced any longer? Or is this the wrong question anyway, because it misunderstands how literature "works"?

Participants are asked to buy and read the following novels (please make sure you get exactly these editions - this will make class discussions very much easier): 

Ian McEwan's Solar, Vintage, 2011 (paperback)

Kim Stanley Robinson; The Ministry for the Future. Orbit, 2021 (paperback).

One further novel will be agreed upon in the seminar. This might be Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour, Nathaniel Rich's Odds Against Tomorrow, Rachel McConaghy's, Migrations, or Nnedi Okorafor's, Noor.

A reader with an initial selection of shorter texts will be made available to intending participants from early October onwards. Further texts can be agreed upon in the seminar.