'This Is The Hell That I Have Heard Of': Some Dialectical Images in Fossil Fuel Fiction

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How can the realities of global warming be made visible in literary texts? After the rise of 'cli-fi', it might be time to return to a trove of literature written long before the discoveries of climate science: fiction about fossil fuels. It is filled with premonitions of disasters, such as extreme heat and terrible storms. Focusing on two texts - Ghassan Kanafani's Men in the Sun and Joseph Conrad's Typhoon - this essay makes a case for developing 'dialectical images', in Walter Benjamin's sense of the term, from fossil fuel fiction. Such images might contribute to a critical understanding of our current epoch, fracturing the narrative of the human species as a united entity ascending to biospheric dominance in the Anthropocene. The miseries of global warming have been in preparation for a long time. Some have felt the heat from the start.


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Sidor (från-till)121-141
Antal sidor21
TidskriftForum for Modern Language Studies
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2017 apr 11
Peer review utfördJa