Contemporary Studies Network roundtable: responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’

Sykes, Rachel, Keeble, Arin, Cordle, Daniel, Scott, Joanne, De Cristofaro, Diletta, King, Daniel, Rowcroft, Andrew and Srivastava, Neelam (2017) Contemporary Studies Network roundtable: responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’. Open Library of Humanities, 3 (1). p. 5. ISSN 2056-6700

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In April 2016, The Guardian published ‘Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet forever’ by the celebrated academic and nature writer Robert Macfarlane. Reflecting on the article’s importance as a critical experiment and, perhaps, a vital form of public engagement, Contemporary Studies Network (CSN) asked six of its members, working across very different areas of literary and cultural studies, to respond to and extend Macfarlane’s article, mapping the different ways in which literary scholars might approach the age of the Anthropocene. Conducted via email, this roundtable conversation asks to what extent the Anthropocene marks a new era in literary criticism, how exactly it extends preexisting strands of ecocriticism and trauma studies, and what the global scope of the term might be beyond the confines of the Western literary canon. Discussion ranges from issues of temporality to genre and form and it also addresses Macfarlane’s rhetoric, his call to arms for those working in the humanities, for a more comprehensive investigation in to the roles of literature and art in responding to and representing what may become a new epoch.

Keywords:Anthropocene, Eco-criticism
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V148 Modern History 2000-2099
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T720 American Literature studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:24 Feb 2017 10:53

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