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What if: the literary case for more climate change

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/09/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Issue number4
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)901-923
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In recent years, contemporary climate change discourse has become dominated by the trope ‘what if’. Yet far from operating such as to open up new ways of thinking, across political scientific and literary spheres, answers to the trope close down around accounts of catastrophe, framed by a mitigation agenda intent on solving the problem before it’s too late. This paper critiques the ideological problems associated with this perspective on climate change, and presents a provocative three-part literary manifesto which explores how creative literary practice might explore ‘more climate change’ as opposed to ‘less’.