|Published online: December 31, 2014||$US5.00|
Critical commentary of climate change fiction is often framed around its aesthetic function (is it good literature?) and/or its didactic function (does it change behaviour or attitudes?). We argue that an alternative approach instead might ask what fiction can tell us about the psychology of public knowledge, fear and imagination about a climate-changed future. In a review of the fictional literature we found that as climate change has moved from a primarily scientific concern to being a broader political and cultural issue, fictional representations have also moved from science fiction out into a broader array of fictional sub-genres. In addition to loosely reflecting contemporary science, fictional accounts are increasingly characterised by a sense of hopelessness and a lack of faith in authorities. These fictional trends suggest that while readers and writers are willing to explore and appraise the risk and severity of climate change, there is little evidence of the coping appraisal which is, psychologically, a necessary step in taking action to reduce risk.
|Keywords:||Climate Change Fiction, Novels, Ecocatastrophe, Dystopia, Protection Motivation Theory, Cli-Fi|
International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.19-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 873.429KB)).
Lecturer, School of Humanities, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
School of Humanities, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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