Post by Eliot Storer, Rice Anthropology
To be released in April 2015, Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change (University of Virginia Press) is one of the broadest surveys of climate change literature to date. An independent scholar, Trexler surveys over 150 climate change novels that cut across history, genre, and register in order to uncover patterns of cultural transformations that simultaneously shape, and are shaped by the experience of the anthropocene. An important argument of this primarily archival project, self-described by Trexler as “unapologetically descriptive”, is that climate change, and all of its “things,” changes the capacity of literature, demanding new conventions, innovative prose, and a fundamental introduction of nonhuman things into the novel itself. Since the anthropocene alters the future of human activity, so too does it alter the novel. *Anthropocene Fictions* is an important contribution to our understanding of the agency and of the novel in creating meaning during our enduring anthropocene moment.
Trexler’s project will be an excellent resource for projects investigating the budding genre of “cli-fi” both in terms of his argument and extensive reference material.