With the increasing interest of pop culture and academia towards environmental issues, which has simultaneously given rise to fiction and artworks dealing with interdisciplinary issues, climate change is an undeniable reality of our time. In accordance with the severe environmental degradation and health crises today, including the COVID-19 pandemic, human beings are awakening to this reality through climate fiction (cli-fi), which depicts ways to deal with the anthropogenic transformations on Earth through apocalyptic worlds as displayed in works of literature, media and art. Appealing to a wide range of readers, from NGOs to students, this book fills a gap in the fields of literature, media and art, and sheds light on the inevitable interconnection of humankind with the nonhuman environment through effective descriptions of associable conditions in the works of climate fiction.
A word from the editor:
I have always been intuitive about my immediate environment and what is happening around the world since my childhood. Similarly, as a humble bookworm, I am aware of the great potential books embody because literature is not only the reflection of the real life but also a brilliant guide to humanity for development and amelioration. For this reason, during my BA, MA, and PhD education, I dwelled on environmental issues and their representation in the works of fiction, which indeed offer some answers to the critical problems humanity faces today. Predicting environmental disasters and related social, economic, political and health crises long ago they come to being, climate change fiction reminds the reader of the significance and the impact of literature in the world in terms of evaluating the real time conditions aptly and with a wider perspective, extending far beyond the anthropocentric limitations of the said times.
Therefore, as a young scholar, I wish to contribute to the world through publications, which was the main inspiration and motivation I had for editing this valuable collection. It is comprised of fifteen chapters written by fifteen scholars from all over the world, prominent in their studies and contributing to the humanities with their work. This book holds a different angle to environmental humanities because a survey of the Anthropocene and climate fiction is presented from the first chapter to the last through analyses of a myriad of works from the nineteenth century to our time. Welcoming drama plays and artworks in addition to novels, this collection brings different genres and literatures together by emphasising their power under the umbrella term, “climate change fiction,” which I believe sets this book apart from similar titles.
I hope you enjoy reading it. Thank you!
Kübra Baysal holds a PhD, MA, and BA in English Literature, and works as a Lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages of Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey. She received her MA from the English Language and Literature Department of Atatürk University, Turkey, in 2013 and her PhD from the English Language and Literature Department of Hacettepe University, Turkey, in January 2019. Her main fields of interests are climate fiction, apocalypse fiction, Doris Lessing, feminism, environmental studies, the Victorian novel, and the contemporary novel. She is the author of a number of translations, book chapters, and research articles.
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