Confronting Catastrophe: Ecocriticism in a Warming World

A Talk by Kate Rigby, Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
193 Humanities Bldg

Most research in humanistic environmental studies, including ecocriticism, has so far focussed on the role of social and cultural factors in generating and potentially countering ecosocial ills. This has been a broadly utopian project, inspired by the hope that crisis could be prevented from sliding into catastrophe, and bent instead towards ecosocial transformation. Today, as we are faced with the necessity of learning to live with a range of highly disruptive and only partially predictable climate change impacts, including the escalation of extreme weather events, literature may become a crucial tool in furthering disaster-preparedness.