Module Catalogues

Climate Change and Literature

Module Title Climate Change and Literature
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

This module introduces students to literature that addresses the problem of climate change, particularly the emerging literary phenomenon of ‘climate fiction’. It explores the issues around representing climate change creatively, for example, the challenge of transferring scientific data into imaginative writing while maintaining scientific accuracy. It deals with several dominant literary and cultural frames for representing climate change: apocalyptic and dystopian conventions; questions of climate justice and empathy; and intergenerational ethics. In this way, the module sheds light on the way in which literature, especially fiction, utilises formal strategies of plot, character, and tone, as well as manipulates generic expectations, to give this urgent political, ethical, and environmental problem an imaginative appeal to readers. It thus fits with the programme aims insofar as it seeks to develop students’ critical understanding of literary forms and techniques and of how literature functions as a communicative and creative tool.

Learning outcomes

A critically analyse the challenges of representing climate change in literature
B demonstrate an understanding of the dominant literary strategies and techniques for representing climate change
C research, interpret, and evaluate sources, debates, and ideas independently
D structure and communicate complex arguments in writing
E effectively present and communicate ideas orally to a group

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching sessions are divided into two components. Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge. Seminars develop critical discussions about the topic.