1st Edition

Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

    320 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Climate change is an enormous and increasingly urgent issue. This important book highlights how humanities disciplines can mobilize the creative and critical power of students, teachers, and communities to confront climate change. The book is divided into four clear sections to help readers integrate climate change into the classes and topics they are already teaching as well as engage with interdisciplinary methods and techniques. Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities constitutes a map and toolkit for anyone who wishes to draw upon the strengths of literary and cultural studies to teach valuable lessons that engage with climate change.

    Introduction, Stephen Siperstein, Shane Hall, Stephanie LeMenager

    Part 1: Who We Are

    1. Making Climate Change Our Job, SueEllen Campbell

    2. Climate Disruption Involves All Disciplines: Who Becomes a Mentor? James Engell

    3. When the Newt Shut Off the Lights: Scale, Practice, Politics, Stacy Alaimo

    4. Known and Not Knowing Climate Change: Pedagogy for a New Dispensation, Matthew Kearnes

    5. Energy, Climate and the Classroom: A Letter, Imre Szeman

    6. Will the End of the World Be on the Final Exam? Bob Wilson

    7. Teaching Climate Crisis in the Neoliberal University: On the Poverty of the Environmental Humanities, Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Graeme Macdonald, Nicholas Lawrence, and Jonathan Skinner

    8. Climate Change, Public Engagement and Integrated Environmental Humanities, Steven Hartman

    Part 2: Teaching and Learning Climate Change Head On

    9. Thinking Climate Change Like a Planet: Notes From an Environmental Philosopher, J. Baird Callicott

    10. Teaching About Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: Decolonizing Research and Broadening Knowledge, Mark Carey, Kathy Lynn, Kevin Hatfield, and Jennifer O’Neal

    11. Teaching Teleconnection, Gillen D’Arcy Wood

    12. Building Paradise in the Classroom, Janet Fiskio

    13. Learning in the Anthropocene: Environmental Justice and Climate Pedagogy, Robert Figueroa

    14. In-Flight Behaviour: Teaching Climate Change Literature in First Year Intro English, Greg Garrard

    15. Learning from the past – teaching past climate change and catastrophes as windows onto vulnerability and resilience, Felix Riede, Annette Højen Sørensen, Jan Dietrich, Mogens S. Høgsberg, Mathias V. Nordvig, and Esben B. Niels

    16. Climate Visualizations as Cultural Objects, Heather Houser

    17. Engaging the ‘Eaarth’: Teaching and Making Climate Change Cultures in an Art and Design, Nicole Merola

    18. Signs, Images, and Narratives: Climate Change Across Languages and Cultures, Uwe Küchler

    Part 3: Teaching and Learning Climate Change Sideways

    19. The Elephant in the Room: Acknowledging Global Climate Change in Courses Not Focused on Climate, Scott Slovic

    20. Teaching Climate Change Otherwise, Swayam Bagaria and Naveeda Kahn

    21. Teaching Ecological Restoration in the Climate Change Century, Cheryll Glotfelty

    22. Exploratory Concepts, Case Studies, and Keywords for Teaching Environmental Justice and Climate Change in a lower-level Humanities classroom, Julie Sze

    23. Garbage and Literature: Generating Narrative from a Culture of Waste, Stephanie Foote

    24. Teaching literature as climate changes: ecological presence, a globalized world, and Helon Habila’s Oil on Water, Anthony Vital

    25. Looking Back to Look Ahead: Climate Change and US Literary History, William Gleason

    26. Atlas’ Shifting Shoulders: Teaching Climate Change and Classics, Darragh Martin

    27. Stealing the Apocalypse: Myths of Resistance in Contemporary Popular Culture, Anthony Lioi

    28. Teaching Climate Change and Film, Stephen Rust

    Part 4: Archives and Contexts for Teaching and Learning Climate Change

    29. The Persuasive Force of the Right Supplementary Materials for Climate Change Humanities Courses, Patrick D. Murphy

    30. Vanishing Sounds: Thoreau and the Sixth Extinction, Wai Chee Dimock

    31. Teaching climate change at end of nature: Post-colonial Australia, Indigenous realism, and Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book, Emily Potter

    32. When Sea Levels Rise: Writing/Righting Climate Change in Pacific Islanders' Literature, Hsinya Huang

    33. Climate Change and Changing World Literature, Karen Thornber

    34. Untangling Intentions: Teaching History of Climate Politics, Peder Anker

    Afterword, Bill McKibben


    Stephen Siperstein has a PhD from the University of Oregon and teaches English and Environmental Humanities at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA.

    Shane Hall is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Studies Program and Department of English at the University of Oregon, USA.

    Stephanie LeMenager is Moore Professor of English at the University of Oregon, USA. She is widely involved in outreach projects and regularly engages with the press.