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American Apocalypse: 21st Century Climate Change Fiction

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Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library

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In the twenty-first century, the threat of global warming and climate change is quite literally ‘game-changing’: as Naomi Klein argues, “this changes everything”. This talk considers how the apocalyptic dangers of climate change are being addressed by twenty-first century American fiction. Climate change fiction, or ‘cli-fi’, has recently emerged as a distinct genre, directly responding to the dangers that global warming and the impact of humans on their environments. In particular, this talk will consider how fiction can offer its readers more than just the ‘facts’ of climate change but can also play an emotional role in producing readers who care.

Rebecca Tillett is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her research focuses on contemporary Native American writing and film as well as the ways in which fiction depicts Indigenous relationships with the land.


This talk is part of the 2AD Memorial Library’s Spring 2019 Lecture Series. The series features a range of scholars from different disciplines as they discuss the changing face of American culture and our understanding of our own history.

Feel free to bring own refreshments, just no hot food.

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