Annual Graduate Student Conference: "Climate Fictions”, November 21, 2020
As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to engage with what has become known as "Climate Fiction" in literature, film, and the arts. Originally coined by Dan Bloom, Cli-Fi is a type of fiction that explores what the earth might become if climate change continues at its current rate, and specifically if humans do not intervene to save the planet. As many successful authors, such as Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Amitav Ghosh, Ursula Le Guin, Lydia Millet, David Mitchell, and Leslie Marmon Silko have brought climate change and global warming into the public eye, Cli-Fi has gained prominence as more than a fringe genre.
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