1st Edition

Climate Realism The Aesthetics of Weather and Atmosphere in the Anthropocene

Edited By Lynn Badia, Marija Cetinić, Jeff Diamanti Copyright 2021
    172 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book sets forth a new research agenda for climate theory and aesthetics for the age of the Anthropocene. It explores the challenge of representing and conceptualizing climate in the era of climate change. 

    In the Anthropocene when geologic conditions and processes are primarily shaped by human activity, climate indicates not only atmospheric forces but the gamut of human activity that shape these forces. It includes the fuels we use, the lifestyles we cultivate, the industrial infrastructures and supply chains we build, and together these point to the possible futures we may encounter. This book demonstrates how every weather event constitutes the climatic forces that are as much social, cultural, and economic as they are environmental, natural, and physical. By foregrounding this fundamental insight, it intervenes in the well-established political and scientific discourses of climate change by identifying and exploring emergent aesthetic practices and the conceptual project of mediating the various forces embedded in climate. 

    This book is the first to sustain a theoretical and analytical engagement with the category of realism in the context of anthropogenic climate change, to capture climate’s capacity to express embedded histories, and to map the formal strategies of representation that have turned climate into cultural content.

    Part 1. The Climate of Representation

    1. Ecological Postures for a Climate Realism

    Amanda Boetzkes

    2. Anthropocene Arts: Apocalyptic Realism and the Post-Oil Imaginary in the Niger Delta

    Philip Aghoghovwia

    3. Fire, Water, Moon: Supplemental Seasons in a Time without Season

    Anne-Lise François

    Part 2. The Subject of Climate

    4. Indigenous Realism and Climate Change

    Kyle Powys Whyte

    5. Realism’s Phantom Subjects

    M. Ty

    6. Geologic Realism: On the Beach of Geologic Time

    Kathryn Yusoff

    Part 3. Realism and the Critique of Climate, or Climate and the Critique of Realism

    7. The Poetics of Geopower: Climate Change and the Politics of Representation

    Ingrid Diran and Antoine Traisnel

    8. Perplexing Realities: Practicing Relativism in the Anthropocene

    Barbara Herrnstein Smith


    Lynn Badia is an Assistant Professor of English at Colorado State University, where she specializes in environmental and energy humanities.

    Marija Cetinicì is Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and a research affiliate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

    Jeff Diamanti is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (Literary and Cultural Analysis & Philosophy).